Sexual Behavior Differences Between Male and Female (BSWE-004)

There is a popular belief that men enjoy sex more than women. If you go through the ancient literature of any culture, there are a lot of narratives about women's excessive sexuality. The negative appreciation of woman's attitude to sexual pleasure must be the result of negativity towards sexuality that was in existence mostly in the west. Ancient Taoist physicians offered advice that enabled both women and men to achieve sexual satisfactions. So did the Jewish Talmud. The approach of Kamasutra in this matter is world famous. What is the truth?

Are women less interested in sex than men? The conclusion reached as a result of many researches done regarding this question, is that the female potential for sexual satisfaction is equal to, if not actually greater, than that of the male. The actual differences in this matter attributed to women must be considered as cultural stereotypes.

This is not to say that there are no differences. We know that a man can produce millions of sperms, each with the potential to produce offspring. Women, on the other hand, have a limited supply of eggs, available for fertilization at the rate of every month. Once women become pregnant, there is no question of their being reproductive for at least the next nine months.

But unlike other species, the big difference in human sexuality is that sexual relations of human beings are not completely under the control of hormonal changes and other biological facts.

Hormonal changes do affect the sexual behavior of some people. According to one study, six per cent of women are more likely to desire sexual intercourse in the middle of their cycle than at other times of the month. A small percentage of women show a regular peak of sexual activity just after menstruation. The majority of women do not have any regular pattern of sexual activity linked with their menstrual cycle.

There seems to be very little connection between the female sex hormones and the sexual life of women. Removing ovaries generally has very little effect on woman's sexuality.

One notices a slight decline in women;s sexual activity after menopause, when the hormone level drops. The capacity to have orgasm is not affected. That means social rather than biological factors may be involved in this reduction of sexual activity.

The school of Psychoanalysis pioneered by Sigmund Freud made very valuable contributions to the understanding of human sexuality. He observed that the stereotypical differences between male and female sexuality are the outcome of psychosexual development in terms of biological necessity, especially of castration complex and penis envy. The main criticism about Freud is that he neglected the questions of cultural learning and social values and instead focused upon the anatomy of sex. May be, he was trapped by the stereotypes of his time. 


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