It may be no surprise that men and women may have different approaches and wishes when it comes to sex. I recently read an article in Psychology Today regarding the relationship stereotype of the sex-starved man and the disinterested woman. Interestingly, the article revealed:
The instant a woman enters a secure relationship, her sex drive begins to plummet. Four years in, a German study found, fewer than half of women wanted regular sex. And after 20 years, only 20 percent did. Among men, libido held steady no matter how long they’d been in the relationship. Researchers provide an evolutionary explanation—women’s sex drive is initially high to facilitate pair bonding. Meanwhile, desire for tenderness showed the opposite trend. Ninety percent of women craved tenderness, but of men who’d been in relationships for ten years, only 25 percent said they hoped for the same from their partner.
While these results may not be shocking, the statistics of tenderness versus the wham bam do show the differences in approach by men and women. Many men may sigh and roll their eyes when it comes to romance, cuddling and tenderness. However, given that men in relationships already have higher libidos, seems to me the smart, practical approach would be to appeal to the tenderness aspect for your mate. After all, the statistics show that you’ve got a negative trend of sex in the household if you don’t appeal to her needs. Just sayin’.
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