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Erotic coital fantasies of monogamous and nonmonogamous female graduate students, a nominative study

Many clinicians have related their patients' erotic coital fantasies to a denial of sexuality linked to a neurotic maladjustment while others have accepted it as an adaptive aid. Recently two normative studies, one of female nudists (De Martino, 1969), and the other of married females (Hariton, 1972), have found that a large proportion of normal women do have erotic coital fantasies. No normative studies have been done comparing the erotic coital fantasies of monogamous and non-monogamous women. The purpose of this study was to investigate the erotic coital fantasies of monogamous and non-monogamous women. It was expected that a large proportion of women would have erotic coital fantasies, that monogamous women would have a higher frequency of erotic coital fantasies than non-monogamous women, and that non-monogamous women would have more frequent fantasies with their primary lover than with their secondary lover. The subjects selected for this study were 100 female graduate students who were administered an 83-item questionnaire containing sections pertaining to demographic information, attitudes towards sex and sexual partner, and eighteen sexual fantasies. 97% of the subjects had moderate to high levels of erotic coital fantasy, and 46% had erotic coital fantasy almost every time they had intercourse. The most popular fantasies were not masochistic in nature, as expressed by the traditional psychoanalytic literature. They were: pretending to be with an imaginary lover, reliving a previous sexual experience, pretending to be in a different place like a car, woods, etc., and delighting many men. Using Chi-square and t-test analysis, the study indicated that monogamous women did fantasize more frequently than non-monogamous, and that non-monogamous women had more frequent fantasies with their primary lover than with their secondary lover, supporting both hypotheses. (See more in text)

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