Traditional sex scripts of men and women create for a rape-supportive culture (Check & Malamuth, 1983). Rape is a logical extension of our sex role socialization process that legitimized coercive sexuality. Through these scripts men are taught to take initiative and persist attempts of sexual intimacy. Traits of dominance, aggression and violence are idolized (Martin, Taft & Resick, 2007). Women, on the other hand, are taught to not indicate their sexual interest or engage freely in sexuality. They should possess qualities of being passive, submissive and sexual gatekeepers (Martin, Taft & Resick, 2007).
Marital rape is considered to be an extreme version of sex-role socialization due to concepts such as “wifely duty,” the belief that it is the wife 's duty to sexually please her husband. Past research suggests that sex-role socialization fosters rape-supportive beliefs in both men and women (Martin, Taft & Resick, 2007). Studies have also demonstrated individuals who held more traditional gender-role stereotypes were more likely to minimize the serious effects of marital rape and less likely to classify the scenario as rape (Check & Malamuth, 1983).
Marital rape is defined as non-consensual sex in which the perpetrator is the victim’s spouse. It is a form of partner rape, domestic abuse and sexual abuse. Historically, men who rape their wives have been exempt from legal punishment and these roots date back to the 17th century (Martin, Taft & Resick, 2007). A dominant theory at the time was that the wife becomes property of the husband during marriage. Men have historically dominated the political arena and therefore the lawmaking process due to “separate spheres,” in which men dominated the political a...
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Sexual arousal will be measured with self-reports. Perceptions of the woman’s willingness will be rated on a 1 (completely unwilling) to 10 (completely willing) scale. Perceptions of the woman’s pleasure and pain will each be rated from 1 (no pleasure/ pain) to 9(extremely high pleasure/ pain). To guard against the possibility that certain versions of the story would appear less realistic and subsequently inhibit sexual arousal, three additional 5-point scales will be included. They will evaluate quality of writing, realism and sexual explicitness of story. After giving their perceptions of the woman in the story, male subjects will be asked how likely they would be to behave like the man in the story if it could be assured no one would ever find out. They will respond using a scale from 1 (not at all likely) to 5 (very likely).
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