Study after study shows that men's sex drives are not only stronger than women's, but much more straightforward.But women also appear to be heavily influenced by social and cultural factors as well.Men are more likely to seek sex even when it's frowned upon or even outlawed: What turns women on? Northwestern University researcher Meredith Chivers and colleagues showed erotic films to gay and straight men and women.
"Men are very rigid and specific about who they become aroused by, who they want to have sex with, who they fall in love with," says J. He is a Northwestern University sex researcher and co-author with Chivers on the study.In a survey of studies comparing male and female sex drives, Roy Baumeister, a social psychologist at Florida State University, found that men reported more spontaneous sexual arousal and had more frequent and varied fantasies."Men want sex more often than women at the start of a relationship, in the middle of it, and after many years of it," Baumeister concludes after reviewing several surveys of men and women.This isn't just true of heterosexuals, he says; gay men also have sex more often than lesbians at all stages of the relationship.Men also say they want more sex partners in their lifetime, and are more interested in casual sex.