Monday, August 14, 2006

What’s caveman for ‘Not tonight, dear’?

From the BBC:

A woman's sex drive begins to plummet once she is in a secure relationship, according to research.

Researchers from Germany found that four years into a relationship, less than half of 30-year-old women wanted regular sex.

Conversely, the team found a man's libido remained the same regardless of how long he had been in a relationship.

Writing in the journal Human Nature, the scientists said the differences resulted from how humans had evolved.

The researchers from Hamburg-Eppendorf University interviewed 530 men and women about their relationships.

They found 60% of 30-year-old women wanted sex "often" at the beginning of a relationship, but within four years of the relationship this figure fell to under 50%, and after 20 years it dropped to about 20%.

In contrast, they found the proportion of men wanting regular sex remained at between 60-80%, regardless of how long they had been in a relationship.


The study also revealed tenderness was important for women in a relationship.

About 90% of women wanted tenderness, regardless of how long they had been in a relationship, but only 25% of men who had been in a relationship for 10 years said they were still seeking tenderness from their partner.

Dr Dietrich Klusmann, lead author of the study and a psychologist from Hamburg-Eppendorf University, believed the differences were down to human evolution...

No comment.


Blogger Duck said...

Do they have a timetable or evolutionary explanation on when or why women become so bossy?

August 14, 2006 8:30 AM  
Blogger Brit said...

Maybe the question should be: "why do men submit to being bossed?"

August 14, 2006 8:53 AM  
Blogger Duck said...

I think it has to do with wanting regular sex. Supply and demand works in the woman's favor.

August 14, 2006 9:30 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

This clearly proves the answer to this question:

Q: How do you stop a woman having sex?

A: Marry her.

August 14, 2006 3:20 PM  
Blogger Peter Burnet said...

Sorry to interrupt all this collegial misogyny, but I have an announcement: You may wish to check out this new site on the cutting edge of postmodern conservatism, provided you remember the author does not wish to be anyone's clone.

August 14, 2006 5:38 PM  
Blogger Susan's Husband said...

Clearly, the obvious deduction is to keep the relationship insecure. It's just another application of the "bad boy" principle.

Mr. Burnet;

I presume that's our own District of Columbia? How much is he paying you to be his front man?

August 14, 2006 6:55 PM  
Blogger Oroborous said...

The article doesn't say how the researchers defined "regular sex", which seems like a critical point: Few long-married women want to have sex every night, but most would like some, at least a couple of times a month.

Further, women's magazines are filled with tips and techniques designed to enhance sex, and to make it more frequent, so a significant number of women apparently want more sex, not less.

August 14, 2006 11:56 PM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

Given my general views about Germans, I'd probably have been skeptical about a German sex survey anyhow, but I am about halfway through 'The Sexual History of the World War' (the first one) by the staff of the Institute for Sexual Research. Originally published in German around 1926, the institute was the vehicle for the sex researcher Magnus Hirschfeld.

This is the weirdest book I have read in a loooong time.

August 15, 2006 11:29 AM  
Blogger Peter Burnet said...

Oh, no it's not.

August 15, 2006 1:07 PM  
Blogger Brit said...


Don't tease us - how weird are we talking here?

August 16, 2006 8:11 AM  
Blogger Harry Eagar said...

The sexual part is not so weird, but the attitude of the authors -- it is something like a group blog -- is strange.

They are all pacifist socialists and, as more or less professional medical men and alienists, opposed to bourgeois morality. Yet at the same time, they are in awe of titles, shocked that people 'of the better sort' should have to endure conditions that are routine for the working classes, etc.

It's as if Pat Robertson's and Al Goldstein's brains inhabited the same skull.

August 16, 2006 10:36 AM  
Blogger Peter Burnet said...

Titillating enough for you, Brit?

August 16, 2006 11:15 AM  
Blogger Brit said...

Mildly, but it's hardly Nigella Lawson explaining how to cook meat.

August 16, 2006 11:48 AM  

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