Why Women Have Sex Understanding Sexual Motivation - From Adventure to Revenge (And Everything in Between)

ISBN-10: 0805088342
ISBN-13: 9780805088342
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 9/29/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

An unparalleled exploration of the mysteries underlying women's sexuality that rivals the culture-shifting Kinsey Report, from two of America's leading research psychologistsDo 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 desiressometimes 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 Sexstands 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.

Introduction: Inside the Sexual Mind
What Turns Women On?: Scent, Body, Face, Voice, Movement, Personality, and-Yes-Humor
The Pleasure of It: Sexual Gratification and Orgasm
The Thing Called Love: An Emotional and Spiritual Connection
The Thrill of Conquest: From Capturing a Mate to Poaching One
Green-Eyed Desire: From Guarding a Mate to Trading Up
A Sense of Duty: When Responsibility or Guilt Calls
A Sense of Adventure: When Curiosity, Variety-and Mate Evaluation-Beckon
Barter and Trade: The Value of Sex-Literally and Figuratively
The Ego Boost: Body Image, Attention, Power, and Submission
The Dark Side: Sexual Deception, Punishment, and Abuse
Sexual Medicine: The Health Rewards of a Sex Life
Conclusion: Women's Sexual Complexities
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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