Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

1-2009

Abstract

Traditionally, research on romantic and sexual relationships has focused on 1-night stands and monogamous pairs. However, as the result of men and women pursuing their ideal relationship types, various compromise relationships may emerge. One such compromise is explored here: the ‘‘booty call.’’ The results of an act-nomination and frequency study of college students provided an initial definition and exploration of this type of relationship. Booty calls tend to utilize various communication mediums to facilitate sexual contact among friends who, for men, may represent low-investment, attractive sexual partners and, for women, may represent attractive test-mates. The relationship is discussed as a compromise between men’s and women’s ideal mating strategies that allows men greater sexual access and women an ongoing opportunity to evaluate potential long-term mates.

Keywords

Sexual Behavior, Mating strategies, Gender Studies, Psychology Research

Discipline

Gender and Sexuality | Personality and Social Contexts | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Journal of Sex Research

Volume

46

Issue

5

First Page

460

Last Page

470

ISSN

0022-4499

Identifier

10.1080/00224490902775827

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224490902775827

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