Quick Hit: New research on gender differences and casual sex

What would your reaction be if a complete stranger walks up to you in the middle of the day and asks if you’d like to have casual sex?

Thomas over at Yes Means Yes has some fantastic analysis on new research done around a study that tested this very interaction. This kind of (cisnormative and heteronormative) research is generally used to attempt to prove that women hate sex, but this paper reveals that the findings are a lot more complicated and really important to note — that women’s responses are actually based on their risk of harm, and an anticipated lack of pleasure. It’s really worth the whole read.

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  1. Posted March 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Great analysis. For more on “pop-evo-psych,” as Thomas calls it, and gender in research, see my blog post called “Studies Show… Feminism Is Good for You! (Part 1 of Series)” at http://torirodriguez.typepad.com/toris-blog/2011/03/studies-show-feminism-is-good-for-you-part-1-of-series.html

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