Stereotypes About Male Sexuality Scale

1. Men should not be held.
2. Most men believe that sex is a performance.
3. Men generally want to be the guiding participant in sexual behavior.
4. Most men are ready for sex at any time.
5. Most men desire physical contact only as a prelude to sex.
6. The ultimate sexual goal in men’s mind is intercourse.
7. Lack of an erection will always spoil sex for a man.
8. From a man’s perspective‚ good sex usually has an “earthshaking” aspect to it.
9. Men don’t really like to plan their sexual experiences.
10. Most men are sexually well-adjusted.
11. Only a narrow range of emotions should be permitted to men.
12. Men are almost always concerned with their sexual performance.
13. Most men don’t want to assume a passive role in sex.
14. Men usually want sex‚ regardless of where they are.
15. Among men‚ touching is simply the first step towards sex.
16. Men are not sexually satisfied with any behavior other than intercourse.
17. With out an erection a men is sexually lost.
18. Quite‚ lazy sex is usually not all that satisfying for a man.
19. Men usually like good sex to “just happen.”
20. Most men have healthy attitudes toward sex.
21. A man who is vulnerable is a sissy.
22. In sex‚ It’s a man’s performance that counts.
23. Sexual activity is easier if the man assumes a leadership role.
24. Men are always ready to for sex.
25. A men never really wants “only” a hug or caress.
26. Men want their sexual experiences t end with intercourse.
27. A sexual situation cannot be gratifying for a man unless he “can get it up.”
28. Sexual climax is a necessary part of men’s sexual behavior.
29. Most men yearn for spontaneous sex that requires little conscious effort.
30. In these days of increased openness about sex‚ most men have become free of past inhibiting ideas about their sexual behavior.
31. A man should be careful to hide his feelings.
32. Men’s sexuality is often goal-orientated in its nature.
33. Sex is a man’s responsibility.
34. Most men come to a sexual situation in a state of constant desire.
35. Men use physical contact as a request for sex.
36. Men believe that every sexual act should include intercourse.
37. Any kind of sexual activity for a man requires an erection.
38. Satisfying sexual activity for a man always includes increasing excitement and passion.
39. A satisfying sexual experience for a man does not really require all that much forethought.
40. Most men have progressive ideas about sex.
41. It is unacceptable for men to reveal their deepest concerns.
42. Men usually think of sex as work.
43. A man is supposed to initiate sexual contact.
44. Men are perpetually ready for sex.
45. Many men are dissatisfied with any bodily contact which is not followed by sexual activity.
46. Many men are only interested in sexual intercourse as a form of sexual stimulation.
47. An erection is considered by almost all men as vital for sex.
48. Men’s sexual desire is often “imperative and driven” in nature.
49. Men consider sex artificial if it is preplanned.
50. In these days of wider availability of accurate information‚ most men are realistic about their sexual activities.
51. Intense emotional expressiveness should not be discussed by men.
52. Sex is a pressure-filled activity for most men.
53. Men are responsible for choosing sexual positions.
54. Men usually never get enough sex.
55. For men‚ kissing and touching are merely the preliminaries to sexual activity.
56. During sex‚ men are always thinking about getting t intercourse.
57. Without an erection‚ sexual activity for a man will end in misery.
58. Sexual activity must end with an orgasm for a man to feel satisfied.
59. For men‚ natural sex means “just doing it instinctively.”
60. Most men have realistic insight into their sexual preferences and desires.
This instrument can be found on The Stereotypes About Male Sexuality Scale (SAMSS)‚ available online at:
A = Agree.
B = Slightly Agree.
C = Neither agree nor disagree.
D = Slightly Disagree.
E = Disagree.  
Individuals respond to the 60 statements on the Stereotypes About Male Sexuality Scale using a 5-point Likert scale. The items are recoded so that A=+2‚ B=+1‚ C=0‚ D=-1‚ and E=-2‚ so that the anchors range from agree (+2) to disagree (-2). The items assigned to each subscale are: (1) Inexpressiveness (1‚ 11‚ 21‚ 31‚ 41‚ 51); (2) Sex Equals Performance (2‚ 12‚ 22‚ 32‚ 42‚ 52); (3) Males Orchestrate Sex (3‚ 13‚ 23‚ 33‚ 43‚ 53); (4) Always Ready for Sex (4‚ 14‚ 24‚ 34‚ 44‚ 54); (5) Touching Leads to Sex (5‚ 15‚ 25‚ 35‚ 45‚ 55); (6) Sex Equals Intercourse (6‚ 16‚ 26‚ 36‚ 46‚ 56); (7) Sex Requires Erection (7‚ 17‚ 27‚ 37‚ 47‚ 57); (8) Sex Requires Orgasm (8‚ 18‚ 28‚ 38‚ 48‚ 58); (9) Spontaneous Sex (9‚ 19‚ 29‚ 39‚ 49‚ 59); and (10) Sexually Aware Men (10‚ 20‚ 30‚ 40‚ 50‚ 60). Higher subscale scores thus correspond to greater agreement with the ten cognitive beliefs measured by the SAMSS.

Snell‚ W. E.‚ Jr. (1998). The stereotypes about male sexuality scale. In C. M.Davis‚ W. L. Yarber‚ R. Bauserman‚ G. Schreer & S. L. Davis (Eds.)‚Handbook of sexuality related measures. Thousand Oaks‚ London‚ NewDelhi: Sage.

Snell‚ W. E.‚ Jr‚ Belk‚ S.‚ & Hawkins‚ R.‚ II. (1986). The stereotypes about malesexuality scale (SAMSS): Components‚ correlates‚ antecedents‚consequences and counselor bias. Social and Behavioural SciencesDocuments‚ 16(10). The Stereotypes About Male Sexuality Scale (SAMSS)

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