September 8, 2009

"Most men find most women at least somewhat sexually attractive, whereas most women do not find most men sexually attractive at all..."

So why do women have sex?
... 84 per cent admitt[ed] to having sex just to ensure a quiet life or to bargain for household chores. One woman said: "I have sex to relieve the boredom because it's easier than fighting. Plus it gives me something to do."

... "I slept with a couple of guys because I felt sorry for them."

... [N]early one in 10 women admitted to "having sex for presents". Others said: "He bought me a nice dinner", "he spent a lot of money on me early on", "he showed me he had an extravagant lifestyle".

And rather than love or romance, for many women sex is just about fun....
Fun, when he's not even sexually attractive at all?

Anyway, that's all very dismal!

55 comments:

Methadras said...

Dismal yet true. At least with a guy you know why he wants to have sex, now with a woman all this does is simply validate why a guy wants to have sex. :D

Awesome said...

That's it - I'm joining Titus' team.

Will said...

Most of the mature, 40ish, white male engineers I know wish we were gay...just to avoid this kind of thing.

Will

ps. We are all divorced, not by our choice.

Synova said...

When I read stuff like this I have to wonder if these women have never had an orgasm.

The mind boggles.

OTOH, we've known for a long time that women are not *visual*, right? So while a really attractive guy is noticeably attractive and sexy it doesn't generally involve a physical response until personal spaces intersect... right?

Rialby said...

I cannot believe this. I spent many years when I was younger believing just this kind of nonsense only to realize that it's not true. I've since met many women who claim they're very sexual so much so that I'm the one who ends up red-faced in conversation, not them. At first this strikes me as an anti-feminist argument. Is it? Or is it a feminist argument? I can't keep the sides straight anymore.

Joe said...

Let's take statistics, twist them around and come up with an inane conclusion that will SHOCK YOU! (And make you buy our book.)

So what if women, in general, don't find the majority of men they see as sexually attractive; they do see a minority of men as very sexually attractive and that's what matters.

I'd also wager that every woman who has had sex with any frequency has, at one time or another, had sex just to shut a guy up. But there isn't a chance in hell that that's the only reason they have sex.

But why let the obvious get in the way of a good headline?

PS. The vast majority of the mature, 40ish, white male engineers I know are married. (Most the divorced men I know aren't engineers. Just saying.)

rhhardin said...

(Almost like the girl who has just said yes to the lover
who begged her, so many weeks, and she brings him astonished
to the garden gate and, reluctant, he walks away,
giddy with joy; and then, amid this new parting,
a step disturbs her; she waits; and her glance in its fullness
sinks totally into a stranger's: her virgin glance
that endlessly comprehends him, the outsider, who was meant for her;
the wandering other, who eternally was meant for her.
Echoing, he walks by.) That is how, always, you lost:
never as one who possesses, but like someone dying
who, bending into the moist breeze of an evening in March,
loses the springtime, alas, in the throats of the birds.

Rilke, Duino Elegy X (original version)

Ralph L said...

They're not doing it for the babies?
Plus it gives me something to do.
Yeah, lying there, thinking of England.

Shanna said...

I think this is a load of crap.

So while a really attractive guy is noticeably attractive and sexy it doesn't generally involve a physical response until personal spaces intersect... right?

Also, are they saying it is it just bunk that women are more interested in some sort of emotional connection before wanting to have sex? This article was rather thin, so you can't see what questions they asked or anything like that.

Theo Boehm said...

Ahi, caso acerbo.

jag said...

There are six billion people on this planet. Women must enjoy men more than they let on.

ricpic said...

If it's offered I'll take a pity fuck.

Joe said...

Incidentally, I find the claim that "[m]ost men find most women at least somewhat sexually attractive" to be complete rubbish. I don't know a man for whom that would be true unless, by most, you mean models and actresses in their late teens and twenties.

ricpic said...

That Rilke. What a romantic.

Shanna said...

Joe, maybe by that they meant that men would have sex with women they didn't find attractive?

m00se said...

Let's hear it for mercy fucks!

Yah!!!!!!!!

Ed Bush said...

I'm reminded of an old joke, the punchline to which is "I know what you are. Now we're just haggling over the price."

kentuckyliz said...

Yeah, hence the expression, "two bagger," "three bagger," etc.

Paper or plastic? LOL

Beth said...

I have quoted Roseanne Barr more than once (I don't have the exact wording):

"Folks say lesbians hate men. Why would lesbians hate men? They don't have to fuck 'em!"

I think she's onto something.

John Burgess said...

Synova: The orgasm is exactly the point (though even it's no exactly required).

When the brain is busy having a sex party, it overrules everything the other senses are perhaps telling it. Ugly? Who cares! It feels great!!

WV almost understands: herbali

ricpic said...

What a funny girl you are, Beth. Ha. Ha.

Bender said...

The orgasm is exactly the point

Actually, the point is the exchange of procreative genetic material.

Sexual desire and passion, and increasing levels of pleasure while doing it, are merely incentives for people to exchange that procreative genetic material, otherwise the human race would have died out millenia ago.

Sex necessarily involves the use of reproductive organs. If the main "point" of sex were pleasure, then it would be done with such non-reproductive body parts like elbows and shins.

That's not to say that sex does not or should not be pleasurable, merely that it is not the "main point" of it. This is true from a purely Darwinist perspective or from a religious one.

Indeed, the fact that there are (let's admit it) so many unattractive and downright butt-ugly people in the world (and therefore the result of people having sex with unattractive people) is pretty strong proof in itself that pleasure (whether the pleasure of physical attraction or the pleasure of the act) is not the driving force in human sexuality. The compulsion to perpetuate the species is the driving force.

Synova said...

I had thought they've also determined that an orgasm increases the chance of conception?

If so, the orgasm is still the point. ;-)

Fatmouse said...

Two facts would destroy the oft-cited notion by lofty "sexperts" that women are as casually horny as men:

1. The very existence of "Ladies' Night" at bars.

2. 99.9999% of prostitutes are women. (And that .0001% caters almost exclusively to gay men).

Ralph L said...

exchange of procreative genetic material.
Exchange? I've been ripped off.
is pretty strong proof in itself that pleasure (whether the pleasure of physical attraction or the pleasure of the act) is not the driving force
If it didn't feel good, would men be chasing women to do it? Young guys don't fear death.

Windbag said...

...so, was Ashle Dupre 10% correct?

David said...

"I have sex to relieve the boredom because it's easier than fighting. Plus it gives me something to do."

Am I the only one who thinks this is a pretty good answer? And an honest one? It sure is a lot easier than fighting, and who among us has not--at some point--sought sex mainly because they had nothing else to do for a while?

"This movie sucks. I'm bored. Let's go home and fuck."

"Man, this party is a drag. Let's go get naked."

"Another health care speech? Oh, shit. Sweetie, can you come in here please? I need some help on something."

I am thrilled that such women exist.

Duscany said...

This article contradicts itself. It says 84% of women have sex in order not to have a quiet life or to bargain for household chores. Then at the end the article says for many women "sex is just about fun."

Well, which is it? For fun or to have your partner to take out the garbage?

EDH said...

Homo Economicus

The upshot is that men tend to view sex as an end, namely, a form of hedonic consumption, whereas women more likely view sex as a means of producing "income" for the consumption of other goods.

The data would imply an imbalance exists between the sexes in the supply and demand of interested heterosexual sexual partners.

Logically, women's lower relative attraction to men should result in a higher implicit "price" for female sexual companionship.

If women are less attracted to men, and as a result of that supply shift, men on average are willing to pay a higher "price" for carnal knowledge, economically speaking, is it any wonder that mixed motives for sexual participation would predominate amongst women?

Ralph L said...

And that .0001% caters almost exclusively to gay men
And Eddie Murphy.
I would put the percentage of male pros much higher, but your point is correct: very, very few women pay cash for sex.

bagoh20 said...

I also do not buy that most men find most women sexually attractive. We would have sex with most of them, as long as nobody found out, but that is different. It's not attraction, it's more like government cheese; if they are giving it, out I want mine. We are attracted to the sex itself. This last point may be true for both sexes.

John Stodder said...

I don't relate to the women in this story much at all.

Most women I've been with, most of the time, were eager to have sex once they decided to do it. Pleasure was what they were looking for at those times. There was no evidence they were thinking dismal thoughts like "maybe he'll take out the trash." These were women I knew well enough -- wives, regular girlfriends -- to know they weren't feigning interest.

I've seldom had enough money at any one time to use that as a lure. Whatever CEOs or football players are getting, I've never gotten. The housework thing is another story though. If a guy does some vacuuming, his chances of getting laid increase measurably.

But if the woman I was with didn't want to have sex, we didn't have it. I can think of only a few times where a woman gave in to my obvious desire to have sex despite not being in the mood. Those memories actually bother me a lot, and I wish in every case I had just said "never mind" because it's kind of embarrassing to think about having sex that way. If they were thinking, "Okay, if it'll shut you up, here, take me," then it was a mistake.

I didn't have too many one-night stands, and most of those were when I was young. I believe most of those women actually wanted to do it--alcohol and other substances might have played a part in their decisions--but since I never got to know them very well, I could be wrong. I doubt any of them were in love with me. They might have been thinking love could develop, but mostly I got the feeling they were just out for a good time.

I do think it's true that much of the time, women are as pleased by affection as they are by sex. So, naturally, there is a lot more affection than there is sex, especially as the years go by. It seems rude for a man to try to insist on exchanging affection for sex. Just hug and squeeze the one you love. It feels good all around.

wv: munca. Another sexual technique men can use on women.

John Stodder said...

Indeed, the fact that there are (let's admit it) so many unattractive and downright butt-ugly people in the world (and therefore the result of people having sex with unattractive people) is pretty strong proof in itself that pleasure (whether the pleasure of physical attraction or the pleasure of the act) is not the driving force in human sexuality.

I would draw the opposite conclusion.

First of all, I don't think there are a lot of truly "butt-ugly" people out there. Not everyone's a 10, but there are more 10s than there are 1's, especially if you're talking about people in their prime procreative years.

But even granting your point, "butt-ugly" people have the same craving for sexual pleasure as supposedly attractive people do. I'm sure a lot of long-term relationships and families form because two people deemed unattractive by some find each other and give each other orgasms as fabulous as any one might find among the beautiful people. Don't forget, it's often done in the dark, and under the influence. The visuals can be conjured up in other ways, especially through the imagination. And that's why the human race keeps going.

TRO said...

"I also do not buy that most men find most women sexually attractive. We would have sex with most of them, as long as nobody found out, but that is different."

There's a saying . . . and I hope I don't offend the good Professor by relating it here, but it's spot on.

"If pussy grew on trees, all men would be forest rangers."

In other words, women shouldn't get the big head (pun intended) about men wanting to have sex with them. As far as pure sexual desire goes, they're just as interchangeable as light bulbs. (Not the new environmentally friendly ones though. They're more trouble than they're worth.)

Pogo said...

Men and women fit together like puzzle pieces that came from entirely different pictures.

Still, there must be something to this sex thing. 'Taking out the trash' doesn't go very far to explain 6.7 billion people.

traditionalguy said...

Sex is a physical activity that animals also do from libido drives. We Humans are spiritual persons that also need the intimacy that comes from talking truthfully and sharing together. That intimacy leads us to each want to give to the other the sexual pleasures that are more of that same sharing. The women quoted in these articles must not respect their men enough to want to share anything with them.

lucid said...

If this is true, it makes the question of why women dress to be so sexually attractive sort of interesting and intriguing. If women are not so hot to have sex, then is their dress a way of acquiring influence over men? Discombobulating the male thought process? Is it a peculiar and unacknowledged form of sexual harrassment? I know that I can't look at the most carefully and deliberately deployed parts of women's bodies (e.g., the extensive decolletage that is routinely displayed) without entering in to a mental space that has nothing to do with what I was talking about.

EKatz said...

I found the article as a whole to be rather thin; it didn't give me a complete picture of the people, the range of questions and the 'wide range' of answers given. I also wasn't sure about the sample - 1000 women interviewed from where? Who are they?

The particular study mentioned at the end showing some 'financial motives' was done among college students (in a separate survey, I guess?). Anyway, not from the pool of a 1000, I suppose.

That's something important to realize - a lot of non-clinical psych studies with adults are conducted with college students, because professors have ready access to them as a subject pool on campus. How well the results from a bunch of college students can then apply to the rest of the population... that's another question.

Also, one of the authors of the book, David Buss is an evolutionary psychologist. He's committed to a certain viewpoint on these things. I also wonder - did he really center the book on one study of a 1000 women... there's got to be more than that.

ironrailsironweights said...

Indeed, according to the General Social Survey Fat women get lots of sex, while fat men get very little.

Peter

paul a'barge said...

I'm a lesbian trapped in a man's body.

rhhardin said...

The question is misguided.

Need for sex in men is a recurring itch to be gotten rid of, wired in precisely so that they will men out sex. Orgasm gets rid of it. But the end of the itch is the point, not the orgasm.

There's no similar urgency for females.

The way displacements work each can fall in love with the other; so the woman gets what she wanted in the end, if she holds up her end.

G Joubert said...

When it comes to this kind of stuff, women are much more complicated in their motivations, drives, and desires than this study could ever explain. To the extent women can be understood in the first place, one of the least reliable ways of understanding them is to believe the words coming out of their mouths. There's always a huge disconnect between what they say and what they do. Sexually, and in their relationships with men, women respond to instinctive and intuitive biological and psychological cues, the nature of which nobody really understands, including women themselves. And they can't coherently articulate it either. And that's not even getting to those instances when they are being intentionally deceitful.

Bissage said...

"I am just a dreamer, but you are just a dream.
You could have been anyone to me."


That’s from “Like a Hurricane” by Neil Young.

I still recall vividly the August night long ago, when I was 17 years old, all alone, walking down the railroad tracks with that song playing over and over and over in my head.

I was mooning over a girl, of course.

Still, after all these years – decades, actually – I have no idea what that song is supposed to be about.

PatHMV said...

Bender, you're far too binary with your analysis. The intense pleasure of the orgasm is indeed the point... it's the genes' way of ensuring that their host organism undertakes the act which ensures their long-term survival. Actually having and raising children costs a lot of time and energy for an adult. The act of mating itself takes a certain amount of energy and resources.

All of that energy spent reproducing and raising the offspring is energy that can't be spent by an animal to provide food and shelter for itself and meet its other needs. If it weren't for the pleasure of orgasm, why would any animal expend all that energy? It's decidedly irrational from the individual animal's point of view. We humans have evolved a sense of family and tradition and so forth, and so have more reasons to reproduce, even if the act weren't pleasurable. But there sure would be a lot less kids (little gametes) running around if sex didn't feel so good.

So yes, from the animal's standpoint, the orgasm IS the primary purpose of sex. The reproduction portion is only important from the genes' point of view.

former law student said...

most men find most women at least somewhat sexually attractive

Strewth. I have watched the Jerry Springer show. One of their recurring themes is two normal-looking guys fighting for the affection of some manatee.

Full disclosure: I find Professor Meston to be at least somewhat sexually attractive:
http://www.psy.utexas.edu/psy/CLINICAL/faculty/meston.htm

raf said...

So the feminist POV that society treats women like prostitutes is true -- because women want it that way? And marriage is rape because she found out the imagined payout isn't there?

WV: tersu. Sue has always been direct and to the point.

$9,000,000,000 Write Off said...

What would men say if asked why they had sex with women?

Synova said...

"Need for sex in men is a recurring itch to be gotten rid of, wired in precisely so that they will men out sex. Orgasm gets rid of it. But the end of the itch is the point, not the orgasm.

There's no similar urgency for females.
"

I actually want to dispute this.

I think that women *do* get a recurring itch for sex that needs to be relieved but because men *usually* have an itch on a higher frequency women don't *usually* get to that point.

Barring singleness, military deployments or a male mate with a less frequent need, it just never comes up.

And you're not all that likely to find a woman willing to say, oh, sure, I take care of that myself once a week or so.

campy said...

And you're not all that likely to find a woman willing to say, oh, sure, I take care of that myself once a week or so.

Key words, of course, being "willing to say."

rhhardin said...

On women as prostitutes, a rather important difference is that her guy likes providing her with stuff.

Probably sex makes her magical to him, but magical she is, as far as he is concerned.

former law student said...

I think that women *do* get a recurring itch for sex that needs to be relieved but because men *usually* have an itch on a higher frequency women don't *usually* get to that point.

This would be the exact inverse to the "Gender tolerance for clutter" level. By the time the man decides it's messy enough to straighten up the place, the woman has tidied up five times.

John Stodder said...

Still, after all these years – decades, actually – I have no idea what that song is supposed to be about.

Camille Paglia goes into this problem on the second page of her recent column (linked by Althouse).

wv: phymp A pimp that glows in the dark.

Cut It said...

Article is woefully thin.

My POV, as a woman...

I consider myself pretty sexual. I don't mind saying I "take care of myself" somewhat regularly (though probably not on a dude's scale) and like looking at pornography.

I like men, their bodies, etc. But it's true--most of you just aren't really sexually attractive in my opinion. I don't mean any offense. Maybe I'm just a not-so-closeted lesbian. But women's bodies just seem naturally sexual (unless they are excessively obese or thin). But men's bodies, I'm afraid, at least in our times, require "work".

We are not getting the physical exercise and strength testing that would occur in a more natural lifestyle. That doesn't affect women too much in terms of physical attractiveness, but it's crucial for men.

I'm sorry guys, but unless you have muscles (biceps, shoulders, pecs and please, please don't forget legs)--you really aren't much to LOOK at. That's not to say you don't have loads of other stuff to offer.

But then you ARE relying on things like love, which doesn't really get anyone in the mood after a couple of years, so then it just becomes good will OR self-interest (which could never do it for me).

And while I certainly would think most ill of any woman who had sex for presents--what's the point in all the opprobrium? Let's be honest, as some commenters have pointed out, I think men are typically having sex to relieve the "itch". It's not love. And often, sexual attractiveness is not absolutely required either. Is this really appreciably more respectable?

montana urban legend said...

So why do women have sex?

I dunno. Why do you have sex?

Bissage said...

Thank you, John Stodder.