for revenge, to get back at a partner who has cheated on them. To make themselves feelgood. To make their partners feel bad." Women, she says, "can use sex at every stage of the relationship, from luring a man into the relationship, to try and keep a man so he isfulfilled and doesn't stray. Duty. Using sex to get rid of him or to make him jealous.""We never ever expected it to be so diverse," she says. "From the altruistic to the borderline evil." Evil? "Wanting to give someone a sexually transmitted infection," sheexplains. I turn to the book. I am slightly afraid of it. Who wants to have their romanticfantasies reduced to evolutional processes?The first question asked is: what thrills women? Or, as the book puts it: "Why do thefaces of Antonio Banderas and George Clooney excite so many women?"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 whywomen sometimes like men with big houses. Jane Eyre, I think, can be read as a loveletter to a big house."When a woman is sexually attracted to a man because he smells good, she doesn't knowwhy she is sexually attracted to that man," says Buss. "She doesn't know that he mighthave a MHC gene complex complimentary to hers, or that he smells good because he hassymmetrical features."So Why Women Have Sex is partly a primer for decoding personal ads. Tall, symmetricalface, 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 thisalready; that 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 withhis fishing rod.Then I learn why women marry accountants; it's a trade-off. "Clooneyish" men tend to beunfaithful, because men have a different genetic agenda from women – they want toimpregnate lots of healthy women. Meston and Buss call them "risk-taking, womanising'bad boys'". So, women might use sex to bag a less dazzling but more faithful mate. Hewill 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. Accountantsstick around – 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 menfor joy" lies broken on the rug like a mutilated sex toy: it's orgasm, orgasm, orgasm. "Alot of women in our studies said they just wanted sex for the pure physical pleasure,"Meston says. Meston and Buss garnish this revelation with so much amazing detail that Iam distracted. I can't concentrate. Did you know that the World Health Organisation has aWomen's Orgasm Committee? That "the G-spot" is named after the German physicianErnst Gräfenberg? That there are 26 definitions of orgasm?