A new book claims to have discovered every single possible reason why women have sex, and we'll admit surprise: There are less than you'd think - Not even three hundred, in fact.

According to Cindy Meston and David Buss' Why Women Have Sex, there are exactly 237 reasons for women to have sex. This discovery comes after interviewing 1006 women about their sexual motivations, and even Meston is surprised by the results:

People just assumed the answer was obvious... To feel good. Nobody has really talked about how women can use sex for all sorts of resources: promotion, money, drugs, bartering, for revenge, to get back at a partner who has cheated on them. To make themselves feel good. To make their partners feel bad. [Women] can use sex at every stage of the relationship, from luring a man into the relationship, to try and keep a man so he is fulfilled and doesn't stray. Duty. Using sex to get rid of him or to make him jealous. We never ever expected it to be so diverse... From the altruistic to the borderline evil.

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Amongst the evil: "Wanting to give someone a sexually transmitted infection" and "Man-Poaching." But how realistic is that 237 figure? Even Meston is now hedging her bets, telling the British Guardian newspaper:

There are probably a few more.

Anyone fancy coming up with the next 237?


Why women have sex [Guardian.co.uk]