Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivation, from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between)

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Vintage, 2010 - Sex (Psychology) - 306 pages
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Why do women have sex? Is it purely for pleasure or the desire to reproduce?

In their ground-breaking book, clinical psychologist Cindy Meston and evolutionary psychologist David Buss investigate the underlying sexual desires of women and identify 237 distinct motivations for sex. 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, Meston and Buss give us a remarkably complex and nuanced portrait of female sexuality.

They explore the use of sex as a defensive tactic against a man's infidelity (protection), as a ploy to boost self-confidence (status), as a barter for gifts (resource acquisition), or even as a cure for a headache (medication).

Why Women Have Sex explores the deep-seated psychology and biology of female sexuality, and promises to inform every woman's - and her partner's - awareness of her relationship to sex and her own sexuality.

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Review: Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between)

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A fascinating approach to women's sexuality. The evolutionary psychology of the book, along with the research and actual studies completed in the Meston lab make for quite the salacious read. I found ... Read full review

Review: Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between)

User Review  - Ashley Storey - Goodreads

A fascinating approach to women's sexuality. The evolutionary psychology of the book, along with the research and actual studies completed in the Meston lab make for quite the salacious read. I found ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Cindy Meston is one of the world's leading researchers on women's sexuality and a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she directs the Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory. David Buss, one of the founders of the field of evolutionary psychology, is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and is the author of several books, including The Evolution of Desire and The Dangerous Passion.

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