Does “having sex” = “having a sex partner”?
- Is someone your sex partner, if the most intimate thing you did with them is ________
- Results: Kissing and groping tits are not enough to consider one a sex partner, but genital contact (non oral vs. oral) more then
50% consider them sex partners, almost everyone considers anal and vaginal sex people to be sex partners.
- Would you consider someone unfaithful, if the most intimate thing they did was _______
- Results:Anything you do with another is considered cheating. (Kissing to vaginal sex, everything is cheating)
- Terms sex/sex partners/etc. are really ambiguous.
Sex Drive and Erotic Plasticity
- Why we have sex
- Drive/Hunger/Thirst drive, represents a biologically imperative to engage in sex, important to survival of genes
Measuring Sex Drive
- Can’t be related to their ability to have a sex partner
- Simpson and Gangestad measured how many times you and current partner have sex.
- Men get less sex then they want, women get less, neither is optimal.
- Here sex drive is confounded with the person’s ability to get sex
Kinsey’s behaviour measure
- Total sexual outlet - number of orgasms you require per unit time
- Men will usually have an orgasms when engaging in sexual activities, with women you are missing activity. Because they
don’t necessarily have to cum.
- Total sexual outlet is a good measure for men, but underestimates for women. (since women don’t require them necessarily)
- If you really have a sex drive, you will find a way to have an orgasm
Sexual desire inventory - Two differ