Why Women Have Sex

Women Reveal the Truth About Their Sex Lives, from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between)

Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D., and David M. Buss, Ph.D.

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Do women have sex simply to express love, experience pleasure, or reproduce? When clinical psychologist Cindy M. Meston and evolutionary psychologist David M. Buss, both at the University of Texas at Austin, joined forces to investigate women's underlying sexual motivations, what they found astonished them.

Using women's own words, and backed by extensive scientific evidence, the authors delve into the use of sex as a defensive tactic against a mate's infidelity, a ploy to boost social status, a barter for household chores, and even as a cure for a migraine headache. Meston and Buss offer a revelatory examination of the deep-seated psychology and biology that often unwittingly drive women to have sex, sometimes in pursuit of joy, and sometimes for darker, more disturbing reasons.

Why Women Have Sex stands as the richest and deepest psychological understanding of women's sexuality yet achieved and promises to inform every woman's (and her partner's) awareness of her relationship to sex.

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Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D., and David M. Buss, Ph.D.

Cindy M. Meston is one of the world's leading researchers on women's sexuality, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and director of the Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory. David M. Buss, one of the founders of evolutionary psychology, is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and is the author The Evolution of Desire and The Dangerous Passion.

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Why Women Have Sex
Women Reveal the Truth About Their Sex Lives, from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between)
Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D., and David M. Buss, Ph.D.

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
December 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312662653
ISBN10: 0312662653
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$18.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
September 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805088342
ISBN10: 0805088342
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$25.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
September 2009
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ISBN: 9781429955225
ISBN10: 1429955228
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages
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