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Sex differences in attitudes toward gay men and lesbians: A multidimensional perspective

Sex differences in attitudes toward gay men and lesbians: A multidimensional perspective We addressed four components of attitudes toward gay men and lesbians: condemnation/tolerance, morality, contact, and stereotypes. We hypothesized that attitudes would vary by component and by the sex of the person being rated. Results indicated that men (n = 137) held more negative attitudes toward homosexuals than did women (n = 133) on all factors except stereotypes, and that attitudes toward gay men were more negative than were attitudes toward lesbians on all factors. On all subscales except stereotypes, men rated gay men more negatively than lesbians. Women rated gay men and lesbians similarly on the condemnation/tolerance subscale and the morality subscale, but rated lesbians more negatively on the contact subscale. The results confirm that to understand sex differences in attitudes toward homosexuality fully, researchers must consider both attitude component and the sex of the person being rated. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Sex Research Taylor & Francis

Sex differences in attitudes toward gay men and lesbians: A multidimensional perspective

Journal of Sex Research , Volume 35 (2): 8 – May 1, 1998
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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1559-8519
eISSN
0022-4499
DOI
10.1080/00224499809551932
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Abstract

We addressed four components of attitudes toward gay men and lesbians: condemnation/tolerance, morality, contact, and stereotypes. We hypothesized that attitudes would vary by component and by the sex of the person being rated. Results indicated that men (n = 137) held more negative attitudes toward homosexuals than did women (n = 133) on all factors except stereotypes, and that attitudes toward gay men were more negative than were attitudes toward lesbians on all factors. On all subscales except stereotypes, men rated gay men more negatively than lesbians. Women rated gay men and lesbians similarly on the condemnation/tolerance subscale and the morality subscale, but rated lesbians more negatively on the contact subscale. The results confirm that to understand sex differences in attitudes toward homosexuality fully, researchers must consider both attitude component and the sex of the person being rated.

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Journal of Sex ResearchTaylor & Francis

Published: May 1, 1998

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