Staying Strong: Masculine Attitudes, Drive for Muscles, and Preference for Submissive Mates in Men and Women
Dr. Mary Inman, Hope College
We tested for positive relationships between masculine attitudes, drive for muscles, and romantic preferences in 353 undergraduates. Men’s masculine attitudes were positively related to drive for muscles, sexist attitudes, and submissive mate preference. Women’s masculine attitudes were positively related to drive for muscles and repulsion of dominant mates. We also examined the benevolent sexism in men and women and found that benevolent sexism was positively related with attraction to a submissive mate in men and to a dominate mate in women.
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