Faculty Publications

Title

Sexual language usage in different interpersonal contexts: A comparison of gender and sexual orientation

Document Type

Article

Keywords

male-female differences, sexual language, sexual variation

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Archives of Sexual Behavior

Volume

18

Issue

2

First Page

127

Last Page

143

Abstract

Previous investigators have demonstrated that gender differences exist in the use of sexual language in various interpersonal contexts. However, sexual orientation has not been addressed in any study regarding sexual language usage. This investigation examined the use of sexual language for female and male in different interpersonal contexts based upon sexual orientation. Respondents were 440 university students: 202 heterosexual female, 30 lesbian, 173 heterosexual male, and 35 gay male. Findings indicate that differences in sexual language usage in interpersonal contexts is significant for gender as well as for sexual orientation. Conjecture is made for the implications this may have on intimate relationships. © 1989 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

Original Publication Date

4-1-1989

DOI of published version

10.1007/BF01543119

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