Why Women Have Sex: 7 Surprising Questions Answered
By Jed Diamond, Ph.D.Contact:
ByAlyssa FetiniTuesday, Time Magazine Oct. 06, 2009While figuring out what women want has stumped men for centuries,understanding how they think about sex may have just gotten easier.Cindy Meston and David Buss, psychologists at the University of Texas, interviewed over 1,000 women around the world for their book
Why Women Have Sex
and managed to come up with 237 reasons,ranging from the predictable — commitment — to the puzzling —curing a headache.Spoiler alert: love may be further down on the list than one mightthink. TIME spoke to Buss about the myriad mind games, turn-onsand turn-offs involved in female sexuality, and what a guy can do tostand a chance.
1. You co-authored a famous 2007 study "Why Humans HaveSex." Why focus on women this time around?
We discovered that women's sexual psychology turned out to be far more complex than we envisioned. [It] deserved an entire book-lengthtreatment.
2. What differences between men and women did you notice?
There are important gender differences in sexuality, but these mustbe interpreted within the context of a high level of similarity. Bothwomen and men have sex because they are physically attracted tothe person, for pure pleasure, because they are in love, or simply