The nature of women's rape fantasies: an analysis of prevalence, frequency, and contents.

Authors:
Jenny Bivona
Jenny Bivona
University of North Texas
United States
Joseph Critelli
Joseph Critelli
University of North Texas

J Sex Res 2009 Jan-Feb;46(1):33-45

Department of Psychology, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203, USA.

This study evaluated the rape fantasies of female undergraduates (N = 355) using a fantasy checklist that reflected the legal definition of rape and a sexual fantasy log that included systematic prompts and self-ratings. Results indicated that 62% of women have had a rape fantasy, which is somewhat higher than previous estimates. For women who have had rape fantasies, the median frequency of these fantasies was about 4 times per year, with 14% of participants reporting that they had rape fantasies at least once a week. In contrast to previous research, which suggested that rape fantasies were either entirely aversive or entirely erotic, rape fantasies were found to exist on an erotic-aversive continuum, with 9% completely aversive, 45% completely erotic, and 46% both erotic and aversive.

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