Femme fatale and status fatale: a cross-cultural perspective

Cross-Cultural Research Vol/Iss. 34 Published In Pages: 57-69
By Jankowiak, William, Ramsey, Angela


This study documents the phenomenon of the 'femme fatale' (a dangerous woman) and 'status fatale' (a dangerous man) cross-culturally. The 'femme fatale' motif is practically universal. Data supports the idea that emotional involvement, rather than sexual gratification, was the primary motivation for seeking out a stranger of the opposite sex. A literature review is provided.

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