Why Women Have Sex

Why Women Have Sex

Understanding Sexual Motivations, From Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between)

Book - 2009
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An unparalleled exploration of the mysteries underlying women's sexuality that rivals the culture-shifting Kinsey Report, from two of America's leading research psychologists

Do women have sex simply to reproduce or display their affection? When University of Texas at Austin clinical psychologist Cindy M. Meston and evolutionary psychologist David M. Buss joined forces to investigate the underlying sexual motivations of women, what they found astonished them.

Through the voices of real women, Meston and Buss reveal the motivations that guide women's sexual decisions and explain the deep-seated psychology and biology that often unwittingly drive women's desires--sometimes in pursuit of health or pleasure, or sometimes for darker, disturbing reasons that a woman may not fully recognize. Drawing on more than a thousand intensive interviews conducted solely for the book, as well as their pioneering research on physiological response and evolutionary emotions, Why Women Have Sex uncovers an amazingly complex and nuanced portrait of female sexuality. They delve into the use of sex as a defensive tactic against a mate's infidelity (protection), as a ploy to boost self-confidence (status), as a barter for gifts or household chores (resource acquisition), or as a cure for a migraine headache (medication).

Why Women Have Sex stands as the richest and deepest psychological understanding of female sexuality yet achieved and promises to inform every woman's (and her partner's) awareness of her relationship to sex and her sexuality.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Times Books,, 2009.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805088342
Branch Call Number: 306.7082 ME
Characteristics: xxii, 306 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Buss, David M.


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Jun 19, 2013

Based on thousands of interviews through a questionnaire this book attempts to tell the story of why women have sex. Broken down into 7 or 8 categories the authors include answers from the questionnaire to illustrate the motivations for why women had sex based on that category. The most interesting part were the scientific explanations from either physiological, psychological and evolutionary study for a myriad of motivations. When you attempt to draw conclusions to an individual based on a reduction of statistical data you inevitably describe nothing. The conclusion does try to illuminate this but not to any significant degree. (ie one women could use all categories in her life or none ) Since sex is always interesting this book is worth reading even if it cannot draw any conclusions.


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