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Few studies examining college students’ sexual experiences have focused on Hispanic men, despite the fact they are the fastest growing racial/ ethnic minority group in post secondary institutions. The present study examined men’s perceptions about when sexual intercourse should first be initiated and the kinds of behaviors men saw as appropriate for initiating sexual intimacy. Hispanic college men reported that the how serious they were about the relationship and a woman's desire for sex most strongly influenced their decisions about when to initiate sex. Few men said that there was a certain amount of time that twas ideal The most commonly reported approach used to initiate sex was perceptions of body language, followed by joking or dropping hints, directly discussing wanting to have sex, and waiting for the woman to initiate. Although research typically points to machismo beliefs as important, these men felt these beliefs were not influential.
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Why is it important?
Few studies examining college students’ sexual experiences have focused on Hispanic men, despite the fact they are the fastest growing racial/ ethnic minority group in post secondary institutions. Most studies on Hispanic populations rely upon stereotypic beliefs about machismo.
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This page is a summary of: Hispanic College Men's Perceptions of Appropriate Strategies for Initiating Sexual Intercourse with Women, Sex Roles, December 2016, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1007/s11199-016-0709-8.
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Fuerza, Orgullo y Amor: Moving beyond Machismo in Sexual Health Research
Westernized Latino masculinity scripts- namely the concept of machismo- asserts that the sexual control or coercion of women may be interpreted as a fairly normal and expected part of Latino college males’ heterosexual relationships. However, this singular focus on stereotypic and culturally specific hypermasculinity characteristics fails to accurately capture the diversity of masculinity values and behaviors across diverse groups of Latinos. Further, it ignores important cultural values that are oppositional to the deficit machismo lens- particularly callaberismo. This talk focused on stereotypes of Latino masculinity and its influence sexual health research processes. I discussed research exploring college Latinos' varied sexual health experiences and their application to cultural frameworks of masculinity
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