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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.

    36 of 36 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 Member Since 2005
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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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    A Mellor Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-21-10
    A Mellor Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-21-10 Member Since 2005
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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 9 people found this review helpful
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    John 05-03-10
    John 05-03-10 Member Since 2004
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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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    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 10-31-11
    Nathaniel BROOKLYN PARK, MN, United States 10-31-11 Member Since 2007
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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 4 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.

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    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 05-02-10
    Chi-Hung Riverside, CA, USA 05-02-10 Member Since 2007
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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.

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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!

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    Rob LEXINGTON, SC, United States 03-05-13
    Rob LEXINGTON, SC, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    Excellent, excellent book. I wish I had read this book before I got married. It's sort of like reading your wife or girlfriend's Cosmo when no one is looking.

    Nothing has ever gotten me closer to understanding the behavior and feelings of women until this book. Although it is written about why women have sex (literally), there is so much here that explains so many behaviors.

    I will never understand my wife completely. But this book answers (between the lines) a lof of "why" questions about her behavior and motivations. I admit I have used the information to benefit myself - but only because I understand and can adequately address her needs better. In that respect, she has benefitted equally.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron PORTLAND, OR, United States 01-20-13
    Aaron PORTLAND, OR, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2012

    Netflix Desktop for Ubuntu will run the Audible cloud/web player.

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    "All women (and men) should listen to this."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book to everyone. Not only did a learn a lot about myself (I'm a man) but I also learned a lot about women!For example..they did some studies on seasonal depression disorder and effectiveness of artificial lights for revealing depression.For men the artificial lights helped their depression and the levels of (the name of the hormone is escaping me) did rise showing a body response and men reported feeling better.However, for women the artificial lights did not help enough to help their depression. and the levels of the 'hormone that is escaping me' did not increase. For some reason the female body is more receptive to natural light.Interesting stuff!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mostly the ones were she's reading the fantasies of various women. but really this book is jam packed of awesome. (phrasing!)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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