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permissiveness with affection standard

belief that sex between unmarried partners is acceptable as long as it occurs in the context of a commited relationship

sexual double standard

More subtle today, the idea that having many sexual partners makes a man a "stud" and a woman a "slut"


People are more _______ accepting of same sex couples if they believe it is not a choice


Compared to other countries, the sexual attitude of the US is considered ______________


Average age that men and women have sex for the first time


Both sexes tend to regret their first sexual experience when their partner is ____________

emotional sex

sex as communication of love and commitment

physical sex

sex as physical pleasure

pragmatic sex

sex with purpose such as making a baby or making someone jealous

insecure sex

sex in order to boost ones self-esteem


Single people tend to have more sex than married couples

gay men

which type of relationship tends to have the most sex?

gay men

the drop in frequency of sex over time is most prominent in what type of relationship?

extradyadic sex

having sex with someone who isnt ones romantic partner


What bias leads to women reporting less sexual partners than men?

sociosexual orientations

trait-like collections of beliefs and behaviors that describe our feelings about sex

restricted sociosexuality

people willing to have sex only in the context of a commited

unrestricted sociosexuality

people who do not seek closeness before persuing sex

good genes hypothesis

suggests that some women with less than desirable mates may profit from dual mating (man who will care for her long term and another to give her good offspring)

sperm competition

suggests that some women with less than desirable mates may profit from dual mating (man who will care for her long term and another to give her good offspring)

sex drives

men have higher _______ ________ than women

principle of lesser interest

this may be in play when women have more power in a relationship because they control the sex


/4 of college students engage in this type of sexual interaction

underestimates of risk

why people believe they don't need to use condoms

illusion of unique invulnerability

a bias that bad things are generally more likely to happen to others than us

faulty decision making

sexual arousal and intoxication cause this

alcohol myopia

a phenomenon that reduces ones ability to think about/process all of the information available to them when they are drunk (involved with unsafe sex)

pluralistic ignorance

when people wrongly believe that their feelings/beliefs are different from those of others (ex: someone may be uncomfortable with hookups, in fact most are, and because they think most people generally approve of them, they feel social pressure to hook up)

inequalities in power

condom usage may depend on which person in the relationship holds more power

abstinence education

this teaches children that condoms don't work which leads them to not use condoms when they become sexaully active

married couples

who are more likely to be satisfied with their sex lives, married couples or cohabitating partners


the need to be in control over our own actions that makes sex more rewarding


the need to feel confident and capable that makes sex more rewarding


the need to establish close connections to others that makes sex more rewarding

approach dimension

having sex to celebrate or enrich the intimacy in our relationships

avoidance dimension

having sex to to forestall unpleasant consequences

better, communication

sex between same sex couples is generally _______ because they are not afraid of ________ about sex

avoidant attachment

style that has less sex than secure people


style that is more likely to cheat

broad types of sexual violation

verbal vs. physical, fondling vs. intercourse

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