20 years of research on sexually aggressive women: What I think we know and what I’m sure we don’t know

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In Columbus, A.M., (Ed), Advances in Psychological Research. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-53613-948-8.

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chapter 20

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"...the authors suggest that examining sexual behavior that differs between men and women is often difficult because treating men and women as different is as much of a problem as treating men and women as being the same. Thus, the authors will present data from multiple studies conducted with groups of college women primarily in the United States over the past 20 years. The studies were published from 1989 to 2010. Beyond documenting that women use a range of tactics that includes coercion and physical force to obtain sex from unwilling men (or men unable to give consent), these studies demonstrate differences in personality, demographics, cultural setting, beliefs, and personal history between women who aggress and those who do not." - from publishers website