Women, Men, and Sex- Modern-Day Gender Differences in Human Sexual Response

For as long as we’ve been pondering human sexual behavior, it’s been sort of “common knowledge” that men are just interested in sex (intercourse) and women more often want intimacy. Isn’t that what you’ve always heard? On that note, the results of a newly published international study by the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University may surprise a lot of people.

Over 1,000 couples in long-term, committed marriages or relationships—in five countries including the United States—participated in the study. It was not surprising that couples in general expressed more satisfaction if they hugged, kissed, and had sex more often. Sexual satisfaction also increased if they had been together more than 15 years.

Some findings that might not have been anticipated, however, were that, overall, men seemed to desire more cuddling, touching, and kissing than did women . . . and sexual satisfaction was more important to women than to men. Can that really be true? At least for this relatively large sample of stable, long-term relationships, it proved to be so. It certainly does quash the usual stereotype, though, and give us something to think about. Could it be that men (and women) with those particular proclivities have the best chance of developing and maintaining healthy, committed relationships? What do you think?

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