Despite all our science, many men still talk about what women want as though it’s beyond their comprehension. In light of recent research, maybe men confuse what women want from a long-term relationship with what women want from sex!
Despite all of our political correctness and sexual liberation, maybe society as a whole still makes a more ready distinction between sex and love for men than between sex and love for women.
What women ultimately want in a relationship is simply to be known and loved to the core by a trusted companion (that’s what men ultimately want, as well). What women want from sex, on the other hand, varies from woman to woman, and from one situation to another.
I asked David Buss, noted psychologist and co-author of well-researched “Why Women Have Sex,” to help dispel some of the confusion.
“The takeaway from the book is that women have a complex sexual psychology that cannot be easily summarized by a few things,” says Buss. “Women have sex for dozens or hundreds of reasons, from feeling sorry for a guy to getting revenge on a guy; from consummating a love relationship to scratching a sexual itch; from beating out other females to doing a favor for a friend.… More