In a groundbreaking study released last month, researchers published a truly remarkable finding: Straight women want to have sex. Apparently, this is news to their boyfriends and husbands, who evidently don’t believe they have much sexual desire at all.
Men in long-term, heterosexual relationships generally tend to underestimate their partners’ interest in sex, according to psychologists at the University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario. In findings published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers discovered that men were more likely than women to misperceive when their partners wanted to be physically intimate, which could be an expression of men’s fears of sexual rejection.
The study looked at the dynamics between 229 heterosexual couples between the ages of 18 and 68, who had been together for an average of six years. Unfortunately, the sample size for same-sex couples was fairly negligible, to the point that it wasn’t statistically significant.
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