What Is Sex and Why Does It Matter? A Motivational Approach to Exploring Individuals' Definitions of Sex

  title={What Is Sex and Why Does It Matter? A Motivational Approach to Exploring Individuals' Definitions of Sex},
  author={Zo{\"e} D. Peterson and Charlene L. Muehlenhard},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  pages={256 - 268}
What sexual experiences qualify as “having sex”? We investigated two assumptions apparently underlying research on how individuals make these judgments: that individuals have clear definitions regarding what qualifies as sex and that these judgments depend on how closely the activity being assessed matches their definitions of sex. Using open-ended questionnaires, 100 students, 51 women and 49 men, described their experiences that were “almost but not quite sex” or “just barely sex” and… 
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