Individual sex-typicality in gay men and lesbians mate preference

Natasha Sorbello (2011). Individual sex-typicality in gay men and lesbians mate preference Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Natasha Sorbello
Thesis Title Individual sex-typicality in gay men and lesbians mate preference
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2011-10-12
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr Shelli Dubbs
Total pages 76
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Mate preferences of gay men and lesbians were investigated to determine if preferences are sex-typical, such that they match same-sex heterosexuals, or sex-atypical, such that preferences are akin to opposite-sex heterosexuals. In addition, the role of participant sex-typicality in mate preferences was investigated. Participants included 123 gay men (M = 23.49 years, SD = 5.18 years) and 90 lesbians (M = 26.62 years, SD = 8.37 years) from Australia and the U.S. who completed the study online. Participant masculinity was measured via the Masculinity-Femininity Scale (M-FS) and Mental Rotation Task (MRT). Dating profiles of potential mates were presented to participants to rate for desirability that included a photo, manipulated to be masculine or feminine, and a descriptor passage, manipulated to illustrate masculine or feminine behaviours. Gay men rated masculine photos significantly higher than feminine photos, p = .006, but showed no preference for masculine or feminine descriptor passages, p = .031. Lesbians showed no preference for masculine or feminine photos, p = .587 or masculine or feminine descriptor passages, p = .119. In addition, gay men with higher M-FS scores preferred masculine photos, p = .002, feminine photos, p = .011, and masculine descriptor passages, p < .001, more than gay men with lower M-FS scores. However, lesbians with higher MRT scores preferred masculine photos, p = .008, and masculine descriptor passages, p = .02, more than lesbians with lower MRT scores. It is suggested gay men display sex-typical mate preferences, especially when sex-typical themselves. Contrarily, lesbians show no preference, unless they are sex-atypical whereby they prefer sex-atypical mates. Results of this study remain tentative as they do not fully support past research, but have demonstrated important theoretical and practical implications.
Keyword Individual sex-typicality
Mate preferences of gay men and lesbians

 
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