Men who buy sex have much in common with sexually coercive men, new study shows

The question, “is prostitution a job or is it sexual abuse?” has long been debated. A team of researchers compared men who buy sex to those who don’t buy sex in a study in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Sex buyers saw women in prostitution as intrinsically different from other women and had less empathy for prostituted women than men who didn’t buy sex. The sex buyers were more likely to report having committed past acts of sexual aggression such as rape. And they were more willing to say they might commit rape in the future if they could get away with it. The sex buyers were similar to other sexually aggressive men in that they preferred impersonal sex, had a greater number of sex partners (both in prostitution and outside of it), feared rejection by women, and had a hostile masculine self-identification.

Spanish version: Comparando a hombres que compran sexo y hombres que no compran sexo: Nuevos datos sobre prostitución y trata

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