Male-female relationships in cross-cultural perspective: a study of sex and intimacy

Behavior Science Research Vol/Iss. 18 Published In Pages: 154-181
By Broude, Gwen J.


Husband-wife aloofness will be related to hypermasculinity (177).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Husband-wife AloofnessAssociationFamily Relationships
HypermasculinityAssociationExtramarital Sex Relations, Homosexuality

Related Hypotheses

Main AuthorHypothesis
Whiting, John W.M."[There is] no association between wife beating [,] . . . another index of the relation between husband and wife [,] . . . and rooming arrangements. It is associated rather with independent versus extended households. Wife beating tends not to occur in . . . [extended] households" (190)
Whiting, John W.M."[Most of the] . . . societies in which a husband and wife have separate bedrooms are situated in tropical climates where heating is not a problem. . . . [Societies where settlements are permanent rather than nomadic or seminomadic tend to have separate bedrooms for husband and wife]" (190, 191)
Whiting, John W.M.". . .in a significant number of societies men and women who room together eat together. . . . Fathers [tend to] have a close relationship with their infants . . . [and in societies where husband and wife sleep together] . . . the husband is [generally] permitted to be present . . . when his wife is giving birth . . ."
Broude, Gwen J.Husband-wife non-sexual intimacy will be associated with the sexual behavior of men and women (177).
Whiting, John W.M.". . . husbands and wives should room together in . . . agricultural societies [with] complex [stratification] that have developed a constabulary and/or professional army as an alternative means of protecting property. . . . Rooming apart is most likely to occur in . . . societies at the middle level of development" (196)