Discussion Paper Week 8

Discussion Paper Week 8 - Discussion for Week 8 by Ross...

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Discussion for Week 8 by Ross Avilla (PSC 245) In Ickes’ (1993) general assessment that feminine traits in marital partners tend to lead to more satisfying relationships, it made me wonder if this could explain, in part, why gay male couples tend to have less satisfying (and less frequent) long-term relationships. It is often the case that differences found between gay male, lesbian and heterosexual relationships are more often a product of differences between men and women than due to sexual orientation per se. For example, it is well known that gay male relationships experience much higher rates of infidelity than heterosexual relationships and that gay men are much more likely to agree on “open” relationships than their straight counterparts. What’s more interesting is that lesbian couples suffer far less infidelity and are much less likely to accept an “open” lifestyle than both gay and straight couples. This fact may not only be indicative of gender differences in intimate
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