Human Sexuality: How Do Men and Women Differ?
This journal article was about the four main differences among men and women. The differences that were examined were, “pervasive, affecting thoughts and feelings as well as behavior, and they characterize not only heterosexuals but lesbians and gay men as well” (Peplau, 2005, pg. 93). The four differences had to do with men’s desire for sexual activity versus women, the importance of a relationship amongst men and women, the link between aggression and sexuality, and how women’s sexuality can change. These four differences build the foundation for the rest of the journal article.
The overall consensus with these differences was that men wanted sex more often than women. Whether it be intercourse or masturbation, the frequency of sex among men was a lot higher than women. When directly compared to women, men’s tendencies were higher in certain aspects. This included, but was not limited to sex fantasies, spending money on sex products and X-rated movies, and the occasional visit to prostitutes. The main difference in sexual desire among men and women was how frequently men craved sex more than women. This was true in gay couples as well. Gay men had more sex than lesbian women. In heterosexual couples, the woman was also me more likely to respect religious commitments to remain celibate.
The similarity between differences continued with the comparison of sexuality and aggression. Men were found to be more aggressive in terms of being, “powerful, experienced, domineering, and individualistic” (Peplau, 2005, pg. 95). This all had to do with how men were more the leader in sexual situations with women. They often “made the first move,” whether it was the first date in the relationship, or if it was nine years down the road. This was not saying that women did not start sexual activities at all; they just did it less frequently than their male counterparts. Unfortunately this comparison...
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