Why do women have sex?
Many of us think we know the answer to that one. Three obvious guesses might be: For pleasure, because they’re in love, or to have children. And we might think of a few more if we worked at it. David Buss and Cindy Meston asked 1,500 women why they had sex, and they came up with a list of 237 different reasons. The research covers sexual attraction, orgasm and pleasure, love and bonding, and such things as sexual competition among women, and effects on social status and reputation. Buss and Meston will also discuss some of the disturbing aspects of sexuality, including prostitution, sex trafficking, and the use of sex as an economic resource to “purchase” valuable items.
Publication, "Why Humans Have Sex," Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2007.