Guilty or not? A path model of women's sexual force fantasies

J Sex Res. 2006 Nov;43(4):368-77. doi: 10.1080/00224490609552336.


This study estimated a path model of women's forceful sexual fantasies. Constructs examined were childhood sexual abuse, feminist beliefs, sexual guilt, erotophilia, and sexual experience. The study clarifies how these factors mediate one another in relationship to forceful sexual fantasies, and is first to examine the effects of feminist beliefs on forceful sexual fantasy. Adult women (N = 261) participated by completing an online survey. A path from sex guilt to forceful sexual fantasy, mediated by erotophilia, was found, wherein low levels of sex guilt and high levels of erotophilia were found to predict forceful sexual fantasy. A direct path between childhood sexual abuse and forceful sexual fantasy was also found. The resulting model is discussed in relation to previously-proposed theories on the role of force in women's sexual fantasies.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
  • Coitus / psychology*
  • Fantasy*
  • Female
  • Guilt*
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Social Perception
  • Truth Disclosure*