According to a new book, there are reasons why women have sex. And most of them have little to do with romance or pleasure, Tanya Gold writes in The Guardian.
Do you want to know why women have sex with men with tiny little feet? I am stroking a book called Why Women Have Sex. It is by Cindy Meston, a clinical psychologist, and David Buss, an evolutionary psychologist. It is a very thick, bulging book. But after years of not asking the question, the answer is splayed before me. Meston and Buss have interviewed 1, women from all over the world about their sexual motivation, and in doing so they have identified different reasons why women have sex.
And what are they? From the reams of confessions, it emerges that women have sex for physical, emotional and material "Why is sex interesting" to boost their self-esteem, to keep their lovers, or because they are raped or coerced. We are among the bad apes now. Why, I ask Meston, have people never really talked about this? Alfred Kinsey, the "father" of sexology, asked 7, people about their sexual histories in the s and 50s; Masters and Johnson observed people having orgasms for most of the 60s.
But they never asked why. Nobody has really talked about how women can use sex for all sorts of resources. To make themselves feel good. To make their Why is sex interesting feel bad. Using sex Why is sex interesting get rid of him or to make him jealous.
I turn to the book. I am slightly afraid of it. Who wants to have their romantic fantasies reduced to evolutional processes? The first question asked is: Or, Why is sex interesting the book Why is sex interesting it: We are, apparently, scrabbling around for what biologists call "genetic benefits" and "resource benefits".
Genetic benefits are the genes that produce healthy children. Resource benefits are the things that help us protect our healthy children, which is why women sometimes like men with big houses. Jane Eyre, I think, can be read as a love letter to a big house. So Why Women Have Sex is partly a primer for decoding personal ads. Tall, symmetrical face, cartoonish V-shaped body? I have good genes for your brats. Affluent, GSOH — if too fond of acronyms — and kind?
I have resource benefits for your brats. I knew this already; Why is sex interesting is how Bill Clinton got sex, despite his astonishing resemblance to a moving potato.
It also explains why Vladimir Putin has become a sex god and poses topless with his fishing rod. So, women might use sex to bag a less dazzling but more faithful mate. He will have fewer genetic benefits but more resource benefits that he will make available, because he will not run away. This explains why women marry accountants. Accountants stick around
Why is sex interesting and sometimes they have tiny little feet!
And so to the main reason women have sex. The idol of "women do it for love, and men for Why is sex interesting lies broken on the rug like a mutilated sex toy: Meston and Buss garnish this revelation with so much amazing detail that I am distracted.
That there are 26 definitions of orgasm? And so, to the "Why is sex interesting" most important reason why women have sex — love. More from Tanya Gold here.
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