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Why Women Have Sex by Cindy Meston and David Buss

Non-fiction: Human Behavior. Unabridged Audio from Tantor Media. Published in 2009. Narrated by Renee Raudman. 11 hrs and 3 mins. Purchased from Audible.com.

This is a very thought provoking book. By the time I got through listening to the first section I was a little depressed though — they made it sound like a woman chooses her partner solely based on symmetrical features, shoulder to hip ratio and the guy’s smell. Which is sad for people who don’t fit the “appealing” category and completely discounts the fact that we have brains to use in making these choices, too. But, as I continued to listen the book did add more reasons that women have sex that at least seemed to have some thought processes occurring before hand. Some of them made sense to me (because I love him, because it feels good, to be connected, because it’s part of being married), other times I wondered what on earth someone could be thinking (to make someone stay with me, to prove I’m desirable, to punish someone, to fit in). Basically there are a lot of reasons women have sex. Some of them reasonable, some not so reasonable. All of them interesting to consider.

I think the narrator did a good job on this audiobook, with the exception of the voice change she did when reading answers from the surveys. She tried to sound different so it would differentiate the answers from the text of the book, but the way she pitched her voice during these sections grated on my nerves.

Publisher’s Summary:

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.

If you’re interested, you can find the audio at Audible.com and a hard copy from Amazon.com.

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