Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 30, Issue 7, pp 827–838 | Cite as

Gender Equality, Liberalism and Attitude Toward Prostitution: Variation in Cross-National Study

Original Article


The current study tested the relationship between attitudes toward gender equality and attitudes toward prostitution by employing an international sample of 48,630 subjects in 54 countries from the fifth wave (2005–2007) of the World Values Survey. Unlike previous studies, the current mixed level logistic regression results found no fixed effect between an individual’s gender equality attitude and attitude toward prostitution. However, the findings on other variables suggested that liberals are more likely to have a somewhat more favorable attitude toward prostitution than conservatives. Those who hold a higher social status, who are less religious, and who do not have a strong belief in marriage are more likely to have a somewhat favorable attitude toward prostitution.


Prostitution Gender equality Public opinion on prostitution Global perspective on prostitution Religiosity and prostitution attitude 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Justice and Public SafetyAuburn University at MontgomeryMontgomeryUSA

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