Cindy Meston and David Buss, two researchers at the University of Texas wanted to get to the bottom of it: why do women have sex? They conducted an online survey of more than 1,000 women between the ages of 18 and 87 to find–surprise, surprise–that women aren’t all that different from men.
The number one reason that women have sex is that they’re attracted to their partner. The second? They want physical gratification. Far down the list you have what many have believed for centuries was the reason that drove women to have sex: for emotional bonding.
Many women said they had sex to bring them closer to God. And–surprise, surprise again–revenge sex was a big one. As was sympathy sex (sex with people you feel sorry for) and sex for conquest.
While men are still more likely to engage in uncommitted sex (hello, one-night stands), the gender gap has narrowed drastically since the 1950s.