The Impact of AIDS on Gender Differences in Willingness to Engage in Casual Sex


Correspondence concerning this article should be sent to Dr. Russell D. dark, III, Department of Psychology, University of North Texas, P.O. Box 13587, TX 76203-3587.


The AIDS epidemic has had little impact on the gender differences in willingness to engage in casual sex encountered by dark and Hatfield (1989) 10 years ago. Whereas both men and women were willing to data a stranger, it was only the males who were willing to go to a female's apartment or to bed with her. These results from two experiments are consistent with the sociobiological framework. In addition, the results of Experiment 2 indicated that females were not saying no due to a concern for personal safety.