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I Kissed a Girl: Do Women Feel Pressured to Engage in Public Same-Sex Sexual Behaviour?

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dc.contributor.author Brown, Lucinda Leanne
dc.date.accessioned 2015-01-05T16:20:35Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-13T12:22:07Z
dc.date.copyright 2014 en_US
dc.date.issued 2015-01-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5836
dc.description.abstract “Girl-on-girl” behaviour is portrayed as sexy, liberating, and edgy in contemporary popular culture, mass media, and public settings such as bars and parties. This study looked at the relation of women’s participation in public same-sex sexual behaviour (PSSSB), age, and sexual orientation (heterosexual versus some degree of same-sex orientation) with the following dependent variables: perceptions of PSSSB pressure, reasons for and feelings after engaging in PSSSB, sexual depression, sexual assertiveness, sexual self-efficacy, sexual locus of control, sexual monitoring, and use of PSSSB to explore sexual orientation. Of the 451 women (ages 19-40) who completed the online questionnaire, 54% reported having engaged in PSSSB. Most participants agreed that young women feel pressured to engage in PSSSB and listed media, popular culture, male friends, and peers as sources of this pressure. Exclusively heterosexual women who had engaged in PSSSB (n=100) reported significantly higher perceived social pressure, more subsequent negative feelings, higher sexual depression, greater external sexual locus of control, lower sexual assertiveness than all other participants, and lower scores on sexual self-efficacy than PSSSB women with same-sex orientations. Emerging adult, but not older heterosexual PSSSB women, had significantly higher sexual compliance scores. Heterosexual and same-sex orientation PSSSB women had the highest rates of sexual monitoring, and although their reasons for engaging in PSSSB were different, a majority of both listed alcohol and exploration as factors that contributed to their public girl-on-girl behaviour. Heterosexual women who had not engaged in PSSSB indicated the lowest rates of sexual exploration. Reasons for these differences are discussed. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject female public bisexual behaviour en_US
dc.subject public girl-on-girl behaviour en_US
dc.subject sexual self-concept en_US
dc.subject emerging adult en_US
dc.subject women’s public same-sex sexual behaviour en_US
dc.subject sexual pressure en_US
dc.subject sexual depression en_US
dc.subject sexual self-efficacy en_US
dc.subject sexual compliance en_US
dc.subject media influences en_US
dc.subject sexual assertiveness en_US
dc.title I Kissed a Girl: Do Women Feel Pressured to Engage in Public Same-Sex Sexual Behaviour? en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Martin, Joan M.
dc.degree.department Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
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dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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