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Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations - from Adventure to Revenge | [Cindy M. Meston, David M. Buss]

Why Women Have Sex: Understanding Sexual Motivations - from Adventure to Revenge

An unparalleled exploration of the mysteries underlying women's sexuality that rivals the culture-shifting Kinsey Report, from two of America's leading research psychologists.
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An unparalleled exploration of the mysteries underlying women's sexuality that rivals the culture-shifting Kinsey Report, from two of America's leading research psychologists.

Do women have sex simply to reproduce or display their affection? When University of Texas at Austin clinical psychologist Cindy M. Meston and evolutionary psychologist David M. Buss joined forces to investigate the underlying sexual motivations of women, what they found astonished them.

Through the voices of real women, Meston and Buss reveal the motivations that guide women's sexual decisions and explain the deep-seated psychology and biology that often unwittingly drive women's desires - sometimes in pursuit of health or pleasure, or sometimes for darker, disturbing reasons that a woman may not fully recognize. Drawing on more than a thousand intensive interviews conducted solely for the book, as well as their pioneering research on physiological response and evolutionary emotions, Why Women Have Sex uncovers an amazingly complex and nuanced portrait of female sexuality. They delve into the use of sex as a defensive tactic against a mate's infidelity (protection), as a ploy to boost self-confidence (status), as a barter for gifts or household chores (resource acquisition), or as a cure for a migraine headache (medication).

Why Women Have Sex stands as the richest and deepest psychological understanding of female sexuality yet achieved and promises to inform every woman's (and her partner's) awareness of her relationship to sex and her sexuality.

©2009 Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss; (P)2009 Tantor Media

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    Jonathan indianapolis, IN, United States 04-12-10
    Jonathan indianapolis, IN, United States 04-12-10 Member Since 2007
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    "shattered my illusions"

    aimed at a female audience, but not overtly so. as a guy i had no trouble following the narrative, to my dismay. the biggest thing i got from this book was that most women seem to view sex as something they can do as much as something they want to do. a gift, a weapon, a token for trade, a duty, a show of mercy, a way of acting out... the title is very well worded. this book is not about what turns women on, though it does touch on that. but to women, it seems being turned on isn't really a prerequisite to having sex. if you're a male like me, expect to have your rico suave bubble busted. but enlightenment is like that sometimes. for me personally, ignorance is not bliss. i am glad i listened to this book.

    42 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    chris las vegas, NV, United States 03-22-10
    chris las vegas, NV, United States 03-22-10
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    "nice"

    I disagree with the previous reviewer completely. I found this not only an interesting book (for men and women), but it was well-written and perfectly narrated. Would highly recommend it. I learned a lot of things that now seem so obvious.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 07-31-10
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 07-31-10 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "Surprising and informative"

    First, let me say how exellent the narrator is. She made a research-oriented book come to life and remain interesting all the way through.
    The book had some unexpected, sometimes amusing, important, and always interesting findings that could be of benefit to everyone, women and men alike. It was very easy to listen to, and I would highly recommend it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    John 05-03-10
    John 05-03-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Informative and thought-provoking"

    Read this book because several women -- friends, girlfriends, spouse, etc. -- in my life have had issues with sex, and for some, are only now (in their 40's and 50's) really coming to terms with their sexuality. Wish I'd had this book fifteen years ago -- it is a well-researched and effectively reported discourse on the myriad emotions and physical needs that motivate sex... and the avoidance of sex. As the authors cover the subject, they include comments from the women they interviewed, offering a unique insight.

    This book, along with Ian Koerner's "She Comes First" and Gail Sheehy's "Sex and the Seasoned Woman" form a great basis for both understanding sexual issues and positively, lovingly resolving those issues.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    A Mellor Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-21-10
    A Mellor Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-21-10 Member Since 2015
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    "A book that lives up to its title"

    This book is exactly what the title says...it covers all the reasons women have sex. It does this by turning a scientific research study into a very entertaining book. You will finish the book with a more well rounded understanding if your a guy and if your a girl you may finally understand why you slept with some of the guys you did. It is not a how to sleep with women book (guys), but you can learn to understand women better and if you pay attention why women sleep with certain men for certain reasons (this book covers about all of them), you can pick what motivations you want to give woman and emulate that.
    Overall a great book and a great narrative, I wish they reported all scientific research studies in this format!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 05-02-10
    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 05-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting enough"

    This is a fairly interesting book, and I have learned much about feminine psychology, but I find this book a little repetitive, one wonders if the book cannot be make shorter.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Raul 03-17-10
    Raul 03-17-10
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    "How many reasons?"

    Enlightening and rich in details, the books only down-fall is that it seems to be written more for a female rather than a male audience. This is fine since us guys can extrapolate so much for the betterment of our relationships and answer the “What Do Women Want” riddle once and for all!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Vox Locus 09-24-11
    Vox Locus 09-24-11

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    "Gets Tedious -"

    Reader Renee Raudman is superb.

    But this is a book that, unlike most audio books, would be improved by abridgement.

    It is presented as academic and scientific. And since there's no footnotes in an audio book, it is not possible to rebut the presentation. Yet there's something unsatisfying (intellectually, that is) in small scale surveys presented as "authoritative."

    Why Do Women Have Sex? ---The narration goes on for hours and hours, and yet most of the observations are obvious. ---Why Do Women Have Sex? For fun and fecundity! Because they're horny. Or for profit (in one way or another). Or because they're bored. Or anxious. Or sad. Or happy. ---I'd guess the conclusion is that Women Have Sex for as many reasons as there are women, and then one woman may have as many different reasons as she has moods.

    --Maybe the question should really be: Why Don't Women Have Sex? ---In the meantime, if there is real research in this book, you'll need one with a bibliography and footnotes to get full benefit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 10-31-11
    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 10-31-11 Member Since 2014
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    "From a guy's point of view"

    I got this because I thought it might be of use to me as a guy and it was. I learned a lot. I'm not sure if audio is the best format for it as the reader may have specific questions and so only need specific sections. Reading what essentially is a report or series of essays (backed up by studies) doesn't exactly translate into a solid audio experience. Given what it is, it did the job very well.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    patrick york, ME, United States 11-27-10
    patrick york, ME, United States 11-27-10
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    "The writer goes way off topic."

    This book covers everything from pre historic life to migraine research. I guess you could say that everything has something to do with sex but only a small part of this book addresses why women (in particular) have sex. I can sum it up for you and say; curiosity, trade, loneliness, social value, manipulation (both ways) and to shut up a nagging partner... not to mention pleasure.
    Women way learn that safe and consensual sex is beneficial for your health and well being. Men may learn that being a high ranking member of a social group and or having wealth will attract women. But keep in mind that allot of the information sited in this book was collected long ago or over a long period of time (ex. Kinsey Reports). Women and men's choices and opportunities are very different than they where fifty years ago.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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