Sexual Deception

Blatant Lying in Sexual Deception: Content, Correlates, and Implications for Contemporary Consent Discourses - Flora Oswald, Devinder Khera, Kari A. Walton, & Cory L. Pedersen

Given current cultural attention to issues surrounding sexual consent, the issue of sexual deception is pertinent. Much remains unknown about sexual deception, particularly in regard to behaviours such as ‘stealthing’ and revenge porn. The current study employed a broad perspective of blatant lying as a form of sexual deception and examined rates of different forms of blatant lying in sexual contexts, demographic correlates, as well as traits of narcissism and sexual compulsivity. Participants (N = 1769) between the ages of 16 and 81 years (M = 26.60; SD = 9.65) took part in the research study. Results showed no gender differences in overall rates of sexual deception, though men were more sexually deceptive regarding wealth and resources, occupation, physical characteristics, and exaggerating their age compared to women. Sexual minorities reported higher rates of sexual deception than heterosexual participants pertaining to their sexual orientation and gender of their previous partners. Finally, participant scores on sexual narcissism and sexual compulsivity measures were significantly correlated with one another and with sexual deception scores. Findings are discussed in relation to how sexual deception can be understood and potentially intervened upon within the current culture of consent.  

Oral presentation delivered at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Virtual Conference, 2020.