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Which Partners Are More Human? Monogamy Matters More than Sexual Orientation for Dehumanization in Three European Countries

Rodrigues, David, Fasoli, Fabio, Huic, Aleksandra and Lopes, Diniz (2017) Which Partners Are More Human? Monogamy Matters More than Sexual Orientation for Dehumanization in Three European Countries Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 15 (48). pp. 504-515.

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Compared to monogamous relationships, consensual non-monogamous (CNM) relationships are stigmatized. Similarly, compared to heterosexual individuals, gay men are perceived to have more promiscuous and less committed romantic relationships. Hence, CNM and male same-sex relationships are potential targets of dehumanization (i.e., denied traits considered unique of human beings). We tested the impact of monogamy and sexual orientation on dehumanization, and examined whether CNM (vs. monogamous) and same-sex (vs. heterosexual) partners are dehumanized through the attribution of primary (non-uniquely human) and secondary (uniquely human) emotions. A sample of heterosexual young adults (N = 585, 455 women; Mage = 25.55, SD = 7.48) in three European countries – Croatia, Italy, and Portugal – attributed primary and secondary emotions to four groups: (a) monogamous heterosexual partners, (b) CNM heterosexual partners, (c) monogamous same-sex male partners, and (d) CNM same-sex male partners. Results showed that uniquely human emotions were attributed less to CNM than to monogamous partners, and this happened regardless of sexual orientation. Furthermore, CNM same-sex and CNM heterosexual partners were evaluated similarly. This pattern of results was consistent across countries. The implication of these findings for social policies and sexual rights are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Rodrigues, David
Huic, Aleksandra
Lopes, Diniz
Date : 26 May 2017
DOI : 10.1007/s13178-017-0290-0
Copyright Disclaimer : © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017
Uncontrolled Keywords : Consensual non-monogamy; Sexual orientation; Dehumanization; Stigmatization; Cross-national
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 20 Nov 2017 16:00
Last Modified : 01 Nov 2018 15:31

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