Title

Women's Introduction to Alternative Sexual Behaviors through Erotica and Its Association With Sexual and Relationship Satisfaction

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2018

Department

Child and Family Studies

Abstract

Women’s interests in bondage, discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism (BDSM) behaviors are one of the most poorly understood research topics, even though erotica novels—typically read by women—are increasingly including these activities. The present study explored potential links between women’s engagement in BDSM behaviors, consumption of erotica literature, relationship communication and satisfaction, and overall well-being using a multi-study approach. Results from three exploratory studies using multiple methodologies revealed a positive association between erotica, BDSM behaviors, and physical satisfaction, but brought attention to the relatively little information available for women who are interested in practicing alternative sexual behaviors. Practical suggestions for social scientists and mental health professionals are provided.

Publication Title

Sex Roles

Volume

78

Issue

1

First Page

119

Last Page

129

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