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Lesbians’ Negative Affect Toward Sexual Minority People with Stereotypical Masculine and Feminine Characteristics

2 November 2018
Karolanne O'Keefe

Publication date
October 2018

Original abstract
We investigated lesbians’ negative affect toward gay and lesbian scenarios with feminine/negative characteristics. Seventy-one Italian lesbians responded to self-report questionnaires.

Analyses tested that feminine gay man scenario (GF) would elicit negative affect more than the other three scenarios (feminine/masculine lesbian woman and masculine gay man) and that participants’ internalized sexual stigma would be a moderator of the relation between their self-perceived femininity and negative affect. When lesbians reported low self-perceived femininity, stigma levels did not affect the evaluation of the GF. Instead, when self-perceived femininity were higher, lesbians with high stigma reported more negative emotions than lesbians with low stigma.

Salvati, M, Pistella, J., Giacomantonio, M. and Baiocco, R. (2018). Lesbian’s negative affect toward sexual minority stereotypical masculine and feminine characteristic. International Journal of Sexual Health. DOI: 10.1080/19317611.2018.1472705.

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lesbians, femininity, masculinity, internalized sexual stigma, negative affect


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