Romance, Sexual Attraction, and Women’s Political Ambition: Initial Findings from Two Experiments

Shauna Shames, Laura Lazarus Frankel, Nadia Farjood

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Abstract

This study develops and begins to test the hypothesis that considerations of romance and sexual attractiveness may impede women’s expression of political ambition (in the sense of either interest in holding public office or willingness to disclose such interest). As this is a very new area of research, and as the subject is difficult to test, this study does not draw firm conclusions, but the initial data results suggest at least some support for the hypothesis. It does seem from these two experiments that politics makes one less popular as a date or mate choice, and that women who hypothetically hold office would be less likely to reveal that fact to a potential sexual or romantic partner. Further research is needed to both develop the measurements for this exciting new area of study and confirm these initial results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1177-1196
Number of pages20
JournalSexuality and Culture
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies

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