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Potential implications of the objectification of women’s bodies for women’s sexual satisfaction

Calogero, Rachel M., Thompson, J. Kevin (2009) Potential implications of the objectification of women’s bodies for women’s sexual satisfaction. Body Image, 6 (2). pp. 145-148. ISSN 1740-1445. (doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2009.01.001) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The present study tested a sociocultural model of women's sexual satisfaction grounded in Objectification Theory (Fredrickson & Roberts, 1997). One hundred and one college women attending university in the UK completed measures of media internalization, body surveillance, body shame, sexual self-esteem, and sexual satisfaction. Consistent with predictions, the results of a path analysis indicated that greater internalization of appearance ideals from media sources leads to more body surveillance, which leads to higher body shame and lower sexual self-esteem, which, in turn, predicts less sexual satisfaction (only reached marginal significance for sexual self-esteem). In addition, body surveillance and body shame directly predicted sexual satisfaction. These results further implicate the sociocultural practices that objectify women in the disruption of women's experiences of sexual satisfaction.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.bodyim.2009.01.001
Uncontrolled keywords: Media internalization; Body surveillance; Objectification of women; Self-objectification; Sexual satisfaction
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: R. Calogero
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2013 17:08 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:03 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/33418 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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