Title

Positioning the Booty-Call Relationship on the Spectrum of Relationships: Sexual but more Emotional than One-Night Stands

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

Most research on human sexuality has focused on long-term pairbonds and one-night stands. However, growing evidence suggests there are relationships that do not fit cleanly into either of those categories. One of these relationships is a ‘‘booty-call relationship.’’ The purpose of this study was to describe the sexual and emotional nature of booty-call relationships by (a) examining the types of emotional and sexual acts involved in booty-call relationships and (b) comparing the frequency of those acts in booty-call relationships to one-night stands and serious long-term relationships. In addition, the manner in which sociosexuality is associated with the commission of these acts was also examined. Demonstrative of booty-call relationships’ sexual nature was individuals’ tendency to leave after sex and infrequent handholding. In contrast, the romantic nature of booty-call relationships was demonstrated through the frequency of acts like kissing. The results suggest the booty-call relationship is a distinct type of relationship situated between one-night stands and serious romantic relationships.

Keywords

college-students, mate preferences, strategies, sociosexuality, perspective, partners, culture, gender, men

Discipline

Gender and Sexuality | Personality and Social Contexts | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Journal of Sex Research

Volume

48

Issue

5

First Page

486

Last Page

495

ISSN

0022-4499

Identifier

10.1080/00224499.2010.497984

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2010.497984