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Masculinity-femininity and the desire for sexual intercourse after vasectomy: a longitudinal study.

Authors
  • Williams, D
  • Swicegood, G
  • Clark, M P
  • Bean, F D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Social psychology quarterly
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1980
Volume
43
Issue
3
Pages
347–352
Identifiers
PMID: 7221594
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

This research was concerned with the question of whether masculinity-femininity is related to postoperative changes in desire for intercourse among men who underwent vasectomy. Sexual desire was assumed at the outset to be a positive characteristic associated with masculinity among males with its expression being a means of reaffirming a sense of masculinity. The hypothesis was that masculinity would have a positive effect on changes in the desire for intercourse following vasectomy. Of the initial 176 couples who filled out questionnaires, 75 actively participated in follow-up and furnished data for this analysis. This group was compared to the group who did not furnish follow-up data and the 2 groups were found not to differ significantly with respect to masculinity, femininity, age or education. Masculinity was positively and significantly related to the postsurgical expression of increase in desire for sexual intercourse among vasectomized men. There is support then for the notion that response to vasectomy may sometimes involve compensation in those men who would likely perceive vasectomy as demasculinizing. 1 negative finding was that androgynous males do not alter their desire following vasectomy.

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