Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (UNL) Conference System, 1st Non-Monogamies and Contemporary Intimacies Conference

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Sexual Jealousy and Satisfaction with Sexual Agreements among Israeli Gay Male Couples
Ofer Fein, Nave Rappaport

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Date: 2015-09-27 06:30 PM – 08:00 PM
Last modified: 2015-08-13


Only recently has the role of jealousy in relationship agreements among gay men couples attracted scientific attention. In this research we investigate the effect of different types of jealousy on sexual agreement satisfaction. We distinguish between 3 anticipated jealousies in different scenarios: flirting, having sex, and falling in love, in two different contexts - with or without the presence of the partner. Online questionnaires were administered to 160 Israeli gay men in relationships: 40.0% in a monogamous sexual agreement (having sex with one’s partner only), 28.7% in a monogamish one (having sex with other men but only in the presence of the partner), and 31.8% in an open one (having sex with other men even without the presence of the partner). We found different patterns of jealousy in each group. Monogamous men reported the highest levels of jealousy, regardless of the activity involved and their presence in the situation. Gay men in open agreements reported the lowest levels, but, like monogamous men, were only slightly affected by their presence in the situation. By contrast, imagined presence in the situation strongly affected monogamish men’s jealousy levels. Although mean sexual agreement satisfaction did not differ between groups, different anticipated jealousy types predicted agreement satisfaction in them: jealousy towards sexual activity for the monogamous men, jealousy towards falling in love for the monogamish men, and nothing for gay men in open relationship. Our findings show that sexual agreement satisfaction is influenced by various factors, depending on the type of agreement.