Why Women Have Sex: Women Reveal the Truth About Their Sex Lives, from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between) / Edition 1

Why Women Have Sex: Women Reveal the Truth About Their Sex Lives, from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between) / Edition 1

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by Cindy M. Meston, David M. Buss
     
 

Do women have sex simply to express love, experience pleasure, or reproduce? when clinical psychologist Cindy M. Meston and evolutionary psychologist David M. Buss joined forces to investigate women's underlying sexual motivations, what they found astonished them.

Using women's own words, and backed by extensive scientific evidence, the authors delve into the use

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Overview

Do women have sex simply to express love, experience pleasure, or reproduce? when clinical psychologist Cindy M. Meston and evolutionary psychologist David M. Buss joined forces to investigate women's underlying sexual motivations, what they found astonished them.

Using women's own words, and backed by extensive scientific evidence, the authors delve into the use of sex to defend against a mate's infidelity, to boost social status, to barter for household chores, and even to cure a migraine headache. Why Women have Sex stands as the richest and deepest psychological understanding of women's sexuality and promises to inform every woman's (and her partner's) awareness of her relationship to sex.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312662653
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
726,051
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Inside the Sexual Mind xi

1 What Turns Women On?

Scent, Body, Face, Voice, Movement, Personality, and-Yes-Humor 1

2 The Pleasure of it

Sexual Gratification and Orgasm 28

3 The Thing Called Love

An Emotional and Spiritual Connection 50

4 The Thrill of Conquest

From Capturing a Mate to Poaching One 78

5 Green-Eyed Desire

From Guarding a Mate to Trading Up 99

6 A Sense of Duty

When Responsibility or Guilt Calls 117

7 A Sense of Adventure

When Curiosity, Variety-and Mate Evaluation-Beckon 145

8 Barter and Trade

The Value of Sex-Literally and Figuratively 167

9 The Ego Boost

Body Image, Attention, Power, and Submission 191

10 The Dark Side

Sexual Deception, Punishment, and Abuse 211

11 Sexual Medicine

The Health Rewards of a Sex Life 236

Conclusion: Women's Sexual Complexities 261

Notes 265

Acknowledgments 291

Index 295

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