Sex Fact: Most Women Desire More Sex than They Admit

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Did you hear the summer hit “Blurred lines”of the Canadian singer Robin Thicke? Where he tried to convey there is a smoky area between sexual assault and consensual sex.  However, science recommends the blurred lines are not always so genuine in a real life context. A recent study conducted by the journal Psychological Science revealed, men may literally be better at ascertaining a woman’s sexual desire on a date more the she would like to admit. For decades different conventional wisdom backed by science has  justified that the belief men have got it all erroneous when it comes to illuminating a woman’s signals and sexual interest. The study also revealed, often women’s platonic scrutiny has been misinterpreted as sexual desires that is one of men’s dating pitfalls. According to a study of Clinical Psychology review back in 2008, men often overestimate the intension of the women that can lead to a sexual engagement process and turn into sexual compulsion. Although, Robert Kurzban of the University of Pennsylvania and Carin Perilloux of Texas State University, psychologists and authors of the recent study believe that, “the inaccurate sexual recognition of men have been over stressed. Possibly women are unconscious about their true intention and often underrepots their intentions or because they are using self-reports to restraints the way they are ascertained by other people. They also believe that people are usually pretty good at the estimations required for the social tasks that they do. Perilloux and Kurzban performed a series of three studies to estimate how often men actually do over emphasize women’s sexual intentions.Most Women Desire More Sex than They Admit

For the study purpose, 271 heterosexual men and 213 straight women were recruited online and they were required to perform a series of behaviors often experienced on dates, for example complimented appearance, sent roses, hold hands, cooked food and had a drink at an apartment. Then, Men were asked to judge the sexual determinations of women who engaged in each of these behaviors on a seven point likert scale (“extremely unlikely” to “extremely likely”). Similarly, women who participated in the study also asked to report how likely they would have sex with a man if they performed any of those common dating behaviors using the same scale. After combining all 15 responses into an average score the researcher found that the men’s scores were higher than women’s, which indicates men were reporting these dating behaviors were more indicative of sexual attraction than women reported by themselves. So the first study asserts the idea that men tend to overemphasize women’s sexual desires.

For acquiring the insight of the research objective,  the researcher conducted a second study. This phase of research includes a different set of men and women in the study and presented them with the similar 15 behavior of the first research. Similarly, both men and women were asked to predict how the individuals in the first study responded to each question. The results showed that the men’s answers were predominately the same in both studies, but women’s scores went up when they were asked to predict the intentions of the women in the first study. The a press release by Perilloux said, higher scores indicate the women were saying, “other women desire more by these behaviors than I do.”

In the third phase and final study, the researchers used the same usual set-up and data from the first and second studies to analyze the difference between what people claim and what they actually mean. The two researcher Perilloux and Kurzban asked men and women to predict how the women in the first phase answered to each of the 15 questions and also asked them to rate what the women actually signified. Also in this research, when it came to the women’s opinion, the men’s answers were pretty consistent with those from the other two phases of the research. Perilloux said, “However, for both men and women, when they were asked to say what women indicates, their responses go up in contrast to what they think they will say”. So, the most logical explanation of this research is, men are precise in their interpretation about what women want, since their answers were closer to matching what women said when asked to think about other women’s perceptions. Particularly, women are less likely to divulge their dating behaviors imply sexual desire when they tell it themselves. However, when women are asked to determine other women’s behaviors, they’re more likely to recommend they are tied to sexual interest.

Nevertheless of this conclusion, the researchers emphasize that it is essential to remember no means no. Like other statistical research, this study also measured assumptions and intentions, which indicates further scope of research to determine whether it reflects real dating behavior. Perilloux added, “If a woman touches your thigh on a date, we don’t know what the actual likelihood is that she wants to have sex with you”. Anyone can misunderstand sexual intentions and these research conclusions in no way be an excuse for any kind of sexual assault.

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