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Boys, Young Men Report Being "Coerced" Into Sex By Female Aggressors: MU Study

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French admits the numbers she found -- 43 percent of boys and men report an unwanted sexual encounter -- seem high, but she attributes that to a broadening of the definitions she and her team operated under.

For example, French says, people often think of forcing sex as a violent, physical act, but researchers also asked about verbal coercion ("My partner threatened to spread rumors about me if I didn't have sex with her") manipulation by substance ("My partner encouraged me to drink alcohol and then took advantage") and seduction ("My partner tried to interest me by sexual touching, but I was not interested").

Eighteen percent of the boys and college-age men in the study reported sexual coercion by physical force; 31 percent said they were verbally coerced; 26 percent said they were victim to unwanted seduction; and 7 percent said the unwanted sex came after being given alcohol and drugs.

See also: Ask Andrew W.K.: Should I Experiment With the Same Sex?

For half of the boys in the study, the unwanted advances resulted in sexual intercourse. Ten percent reported attempting to have intercourse, and the remaining 40 percent say they were forced into unwanted kissing or fondling.

French says she hesitates to infer from her study that young girls and women are more sexually aggressive now than before, especially because she didn't specifically study female behavior in the survey.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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bachelorlessons
bachelorlessons

"It may be the case that sexual coercion by women doesn't affect males' self-perceptions in the same way that it does when women are coerced," French says. "Instead, it may inadvertently be consistent with expectations of masculinity and sexual desire, though more research is needed to better understand this relationship."

I love that part, because it literally says, "Rape isn't as bad for men and boys because men and boys expect to be raped." Beautiful.

Ash Hinkle
Ash Hinkle

Never ok to take advantage of someone regardless of gender. Period.

RAMESSES
RAMESSES

I am glad to see the results of this study. It's high time females were exposed as cock hungry agressive sluts. Time and time again I have heard male friends say they were groped by their female friends, some on the very first date. Many said that as soon as girls get into the car, they immediately grabbed their dicks and want to perform oral sex before the car has driven a block. Men and boys have always been deemed as the agressors in sex, but it is now apparent women are more agressive and should now wear the title of Cock Coercers. All one has to do is watch things like Girls Gone Wild or the numerous films of spring break to see them at their slutty best.

Brenda Denton Langbein
Brenda Denton Langbein

It's the old double standard of the woman being a whore and the man being a stud. And if he doesn't want it, there must be something wrong with him, because, you know, all men want to bang every female they see.....

Andrew Jovanovic
Andrew Jovanovic

No sympathy for the men in this story? That us part of the problem of how we view men...cause unwanted sexual experiences are something to joke about...if the table was turn these comments would be different and that is cause to look at your own perceptions.

Matt Berger
Matt Berger

I believe Bill Maher referred to this as LBS. Lucky Bastard Syndrome

equality
equality

@RAMESSES First of all, not all women were doing this. Second of all, not all females are "cock hungry aggressive sluts". And just because there are women who are aggressive, it doesn't counter the fact that men can be aggressive as well. Girls Gone Wild is not an overview of how "slutty" every single woman is, only the girls in the video. Don't generalize, just because men have been raped, because people ignore the fact that women get raped every day. Tell me why is it that no one ever said much about how aggressive men are? It says in the article women feel shame after sex, wanted or not. How do you know that the rape statistics for women are even as high as they should be due to women keeping their mouths shut? I didn't know what rape was until I was raped. 

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