Are Women Less Adapted To Casual Sex?

With the amount of casual sex that goes on these days, you would be wise to conclude that both men and women feel pretty good about it. Surprisingly, you would be wrong, according to a study published in the journal human nature. Researchers from Durham University in the United Kingdom surveyed thousands of people who had casual sex encounters and got answers about their feelings on the incidents. There were some interesting results.

The researchers theorized that if there are evolutionary benefits to casual sex, such as to spread the proverbial seed for guys, then positive feelings about the practice would develop to reinforce its practice in society and pass down the genes. For women, it is less clear what the evolutionary reason, but it could be to draw from a larger number of quality partners to increase the chance of one of them producing offspring with quality genes. These types of concepts were looked at going in.

The results showed that men felt positive about causal sex 80% of the time, while women felt positive about it only 54% of the time. Men felt more sexually satisfied and confident about the experience and were less concerned if others found out about it. Women reported feeling used and unappreciated, and were concerned that others finding out could damage their reputation. Also, women were not as sexually satisfied and perhaps surprisingly, did not feel any expectation that casual sex would lead to a longer term relationship.

Women clearly had much more negative feelings about casual sex than guys according to the study. The bottom line, however, is that quite a bit of casual sex continues to go on and shows no signs of stopping. The question, then, is what drives women to participate if their feelings about the experience are lukewarm?

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One Response to “Are Women Less Adapted To Casual Sex?”

  1. Shane
    July 29, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    I think it is ABOUT TIME, July 29 of 2010 of the Cenozoic geological Era, or c.e. for short, that WOMEN are ALLOWED to EXPRESS their innermost sexual desires. Now, and for the foreseeable future, I NEED to REMAIN CHASTE, or “PURE”. Hopefully I will HEAL soon enough to resume my ever too suddenly interupted physically intimate life. I was assaulted by a GENETIC relation to inFamously EVIL French Nobleman Marquee De Sade. Where the term SADISM arose. NEVER, when I finally do heal, will I ever trust anyone to the EXTENT that I trusted her again. I am supposed to function again, and HOPEFULLY viagra FREE. HAVE you seen the PRICES there? Luckily, I am supposed to gradually heal, TIME is now both my ALY, and FOE. I haven’t a choice but to wait this bout of chastity out.
    – Mr. Michael Shane Becker, now furtheryet south from Lockport IL. (I am visiting my father in Ottawa IL, at present.)

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