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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Attributions of Sexual Fluidity : Women are Perceived to be More Sexually Fluid Relative to Men

Previous research has suggested that women are more sexually fluid than men—or more likely to change their sexual orientation over time (Baumeister, 2000; Diamond, 2008). However, it has not been determined whether others attribute greater sexual fluidity to women. The current research sought to answer this question, as well as the relationship between prejudice and general perceptions of fluidity. The current research sought to answer this question, and to this end, a 7-item measure of perceived fluidity was developed (á = .84) and the relationship between participant characteristics and perceived fluidity were examined. Results revealed that women are perceived to be more sexually fluid than are men. Additionally, the measure was negatively related to prejudice toward sexual minorities. Interestingly, participant’s own sexual orientation did not predict perceived fluidity in others, whereas participant beliefs regarding their own personal fluidity did. The implications of these findings will be discussed.

Presenter: Danielle Gentile (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 9 am (Session I)