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Women’s motivations to have sex in casual and committed relationships with male and female partners

Women’s motivations to have sex in casual and committed relationships with male and female partners
Women’s motivations to have sex in casual and committed relationships with male and female partners
Women report a wide variety of reasons to have sex (e.g., Meston & Buss, 2010), and while it is reasonable to assume that those reasons may vary based on the context of the relationship, this assumption has not yet been tested. The purpose of this study was to explore how relationship type, sexual attraction, and the gender of one’s partner interact and affect the sexual motivations of women. A total of 510 women (361 who reported exclusively other-sex attraction and 149 who reported same-sex/bisexual attraction) completed the YSEX? questionnaire. Participants rated their sexual motivations for casual sex and sex in a committed relationship with male and/or female partners, depending on reported sexual attraction. Results showed that relationship type affected reported motivation for sex: physical motivations were more strongly endorsed for casual sex, whereas emotional motivations were more strongly endorsed for sex in committed relationships. No significant differences in motivation were reported between women who reported same-sex attraction and those who did not. Women who reported bisexual attraction and identified as being lesbian, bisexual, or another sexual minority reported no significant differences in motivation for sex with male or female partners. The results of this study highlight the importance of relationship context when discussing sexual motivation and suggest a high degree of similarity in motivation for women, regardless of sexual orientation or gender of partner.
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Armstrong, Heather L.
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Reissing, Elke D.
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Armstrong, Heather L.
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Reissing, Elke D.
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Armstrong, Heather L. and Reissing, Elke D. (2015) Women’s motivations to have sex in casual and committed relationships with male and female partners. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 44 (4), 921-934. (doi:10.1007/s10508-014-0462-4).

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Abstract

Women report a wide variety of reasons to have sex (e.g., Meston & Buss, 2010), and while it is reasonable to assume that those reasons may vary based on the context of the relationship, this assumption has not yet been tested. The purpose of this study was to explore how relationship type, sexual attraction, and the gender of one’s partner interact and affect the sexual motivations of women. A total of 510 women (361 who reported exclusively other-sex attraction and 149 who reported same-sex/bisexual attraction) completed the YSEX? questionnaire. Participants rated their sexual motivations for casual sex and sex in a committed relationship with male and/or female partners, depending on reported sexual attraction. Results showed that relationship type affected reported motivation for sex: physical motivations were more strongly endorsed for casual sex, whereas emotional motivations were more strongly endorsed for sex in committed relationships. No significant differences in motivation were reported between women who reported same-sex attraction and those who did not. Women who reported bisexual attraction and identified as being lesbian, bisexual, or another sexual minority reported no significant differences in motivation for sex with male or female partners. The results of this study highlight the importance of relationship context when discussing sexual motivation and suggest a high degree of similarity in motivation for women, regardless of sexual orientation or gender of partner.

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Accepted/In Press date: 7 December 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 8 January 2015
Published date: 1 May 2015

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Local EPrints ID: 429950
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/429950
ISSN: 0004-0002
PURE UUID: e281d426-9c57-45cd-8223-9d564dc7a20b
ORCID for Heather L. Armstrong: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1071-8644

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Date deposited: 09 Apr 2019 16:30
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 00:20

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