Receptivity to sexual invitations from strangers of the opposite gender

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This study investigated the primary conclusion from Clark and Hatfield's often cited field experiment ``Consent to Sex with a Stranger'' that men agree to sexual invitations from moderately attractive strangers of the opposite gender more readily than women do. In addition, this study investigated whether rates of consent are influenced by a subject's age, relationship status, rating of confederate attractiveness, and type of sexual invitation. A number of moderately attractive confederates of the opposite gender individually approached 173 men and 216 women. After a standard introduction, the confederates asked each participant one of the following three questions: ``Would you go on a date with me tonight or during the week/weekend?'', ``Would you come to my place tonight or during the week/weekend?'', or ``Would you go to bed with me tonight or during the week/weekend?'' Significantly more men than women consented to a sexual invitation. Specifically, significantly more men than women consented to the ``come to my place'' and ``go to bed with me'' conditions. For female subjects, higher ratings of confederate attractiveness were found to significantly increase the odds of consenting to a sexual invitation, whereas for men, confederate attractiveness was found not to significantly influence consent rates. Finally, relationship status was found to be a significant and strong moderating variable of consent for both men and women. Thus, men and women who are not in a relationship arc significantly more likely to agree to a sexual invitation than those who are in a relationship. (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEvolution and Human Behavior
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)453-458
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010

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