The Sciences

NCBI ROFL: Wham, bam, thank you ma'am: an evolutionary perspective.

DiscoblogBy ncbi roflSep 10, 2010 11:00 PM

Newsletter

Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news
 

Sex Differences in Post-Coital Behaviors in Long- and Short-Term Mating: An Evolutionary Perspective. "Few empirical studies have been devoted to exploring behaviors occurring immediately following sexual intercourse. Therefore, this study conducts an exploratory investigation of various post-coital behaviors that the authors propose may reflect the divergent adaptive reproductive strategies of each sex as understood from an evolutionary perspective. An online questionnaire was administered to 170 individuals examining sex differences in post-coital compared to pre-coital activities related to pair-bonding with long-term mates, as well as a variety of common post-coital activities comparing short- and long-term mating contexts. It was found that females were more likely than males to initiate and place greater importance on several behaviors related to intimacy and bonding following sex with long-term partners. Males were more likely to initiate kissing before sex, and females after sex. Intimate talk and kissing were rated by both sexes as more important before intercourse with a long-term partner, whereas cuddling and professing one's love was rated more important after sex. In a second set of more specific post-coital behaviors, females were more likely to engage in post-coital behaviors related to bonding with both short- and long-term partners, whereas males were more likely to engage in ones that were extrinsically rewarding or increased the likelihood of further coital acts."

Photo: flickr/ Helga Weber

Related content: Discoblog: NCBI ROFL: Sex Differences in Approaching Friends with Benefits Relationships. Discoblog: NCBI ROFL: What kind of erotic film clips should we use in female sex research? An exploratory study. Discoblog:NCBI ROFL: Scientific analysis of Playboy centerfolds reveals Barbie-like vulvas. WTF is NCBI ROFL? Read our FAQ!

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month
Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
1 free articleSubscribe
Want unlimited access?

Subscribe today and save 70%

Subscribe

Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Join
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

 
Subscribe
To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2021 Kalmbach Media Co.