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Arch Sex Behav. 2011 Oct;40(5):915-9. doi: 10.1007/s10508-011-9750-4. Epub 2011 Mar 3.

Effects of solicitor sex and attractiveness on receptivity to sexual offers: a field study.

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Département Lettres, Langues et Sciences Humaines, Université de Bretagne-Sud, 4, rue Jean Zay, BP 92116, 56321 Lorient Cedex, France.


Gender differences in receptivity to sexual offers have been found in previous studies conducted in the United States. However, this effect has never been replicated in another culture, and the impact of the attractiveness of the solicitor remains in question. An experiment was conducted in France in which male and female confederates of average versus high attractiveness approached potential partners of the opposite sex (120 males and 120 females) and asked them: "Will you come to my apartment to have a drink?" or "Would you go to bed with me?" The great majority of the men were willing to have a sexual liaison with a woman, especially when she was physically attractive. Women were more disinclined to have a drink, and none but one accepted the male's sexual request. Such results confirm that men are apparently more eager for sexual activity than women are.

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