According to a new book, there are 237 reasons why women have sex. And most of them have little to do with romance or pleasure.
Last week I happened to catch the Jay Leno show the night Dr. Phil was his guest. Dr. Phil happened to mention that there is a recent study out on the “237 Reasons Women Have Sex.” Wow! I certainly don’t think I can come up with that many reasons. Actually, it’s not something I’ve really given any thought. However, since this piqued my curiosity I decided to see what I could find out about it on the web. So here’s my findings:
Why Women Have Sex
There’s a book called “Why Women Have Sex.” It is by Cindy Meston, a clinical psychologist, and David Buss, an evolutionary psychologist. Meston and Buss have interviewed 1,006 women from all over the world about their sexual motivation, and in doing so they have identified 237 different reasons why women have sex. From the reams of confessions, it emerges that women have sex for physical, emotional and material reasons; to boost their self-esteem, to keep their lovers, or because they are raped or coerced. Love? That’s just a song. We are among the bad apes now. Read more here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/sep/28/sex-women-relationships-tanya-gold
“Why Women Have Sex” book excerpt at amazon.com:
CNN took to the streets to ask real women why they have sex.
Top 50 Reasons Men and Women Have Sex
Why We Have Sex
Researchers asked more than 400 men and women, ranging from 17 to 52 years old, to identify the various reasons why people have sex. Then, more than 1,500 undergraduate students were asked about their sexual experiences and attitudes.
The combined results revealed 237 sexual motivations, which the psychologists, David Buss and Cindy Meston of the University of Texas at Austin, sorted into four major factors and 13 sub-factors:
Physical reasons—reduce stress (“It seemed like good exercise”); feel pleasure (“It’s exciting”); improve or expand experiences (“I was curious about sex”); and the physical desirability of a partner (“The person was a good dancer”).
Goal-based reasons—practical considerations (“I wanted to have a baby”); social status (“I wanted to be popular”); and revenge (“I wanted to give someone else a sexually transmitted disease”).
Emotional reasons—love and commitment (“I wanted to feel connected”); expression (“I wanted to say ‘thank you’”).
Insecurity-based reasons—self-esteem (“I wanted the attention”); a feeling of duty or pressure (“My partner kept insisting”); to hold onto a mate (“I wanted to keep my partner from straying”).
They also found significant gender differences. For instance, men were more likely than women to endorse being motivated by experience seeking, mere opportunity and physical appearance. Examples included: “The person was available,” “I wanted to increase the number of partners I had experienced” and “The person had an attractive face.”
Women were more motivated than men by certain emotional factors, such as “I wanted to express my love for the person.” Read more here: Why We Have Sex: 237 Reasons Revealed http://www.livescience.com/health/070731_survey_sex.html
If you want to see the 237 Reasons to Have Sex, click on the link below:
237 Reasons to Have Sex (What men and women told sex researchers in a new study)
Men’s Health has listed all 237 Reasons to Have Sex. Click the link to see the reasons:
Have you ever stopped to think about the reasons you have/had sex?