Sex Differences, Sex Experience, Sex Guilt, and Explicitly Sexual Films1


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    This research was sponsored in part by a contract from the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography. I wish to acknowledge the assistance of Donald Gliha in the collection and scoring of the data, Howard Tishler for his assistance in scoring the data, and Robert Michaels for his assistance in the statistical analyses.

Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn. 06268.


Two pornographic films portraying face-to-face intercourse and oral-genital sex between the same couple were viewed by 194 single male and 183 single female undergraduates. The males were more aroused than the females by the film of oral-genital sex. Females, high sex-guilt subjects, and less sexually experienced subjects rated the films as more pornographic, disgusting, and offensive. High guilt subjects saw the oral-genital sex as abnormal. Males reported more affective arousal indicative of general activation and approach tendencies, while women reported larger increases in negative affects after viewing the films.