Why Humans Have Sex

  title={Why Humans Have Sex},
  author={Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
Historically, the reasons people have sex have been assumed to be few in number and simple in nature–to reproduce, to experience pleasure, or to relieve sexual tension. Several theoretical perspectives suggest that motives for engaging in sexual intercourse may be larger in number and psychologically complex in nature. Study 1 used a nomination procedure that identified 237 expressed reasons for having sex, ranging from the mundane (e.g., “I wanted to experience physical pleasure”) to the… 

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There is a large number of varied reasons for having sexual intercourse, ranging from sexual joy and pleasure to less frequent reasons such as wanting to hurt a person or feeling obliged to have sex

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  • R. BaumeisterK. Vohs
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    Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc
  • 2004
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