Do Women Hate Sex?

Stephen Fry's comments bear evolutionary examination
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Nov 2, 2010 4:25 AM CDT
Updated Nov 2, 2010 6:00 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Now that critics have landed on actor Stephen Fry's head like a ton of bricks for suggesting women hate sex because they don't often screw strange men in bushes, at least one Brit journalist is wondering, well, do women loathe sex? In fact, insists Steve Connor in the Independent, Fry is right in suggesting that men usually have more sexual relationships than women. That's because women, being more invested in the few offspring they create, tend to seek stable relationships with responsible males who can provide healthy genes and a nurturing home life, he adds. Men, on the other hand, are more evolutionarily driven to sow as many wild oats as possible to spread their genes as widely as possible.

As for enjoying sex, the genders aren't so far apart. One "mystery of human sexuality" is the female orgasm, notes Connor. "Humans may be one of the few species where females actually enjoy sex physically as much as males." There's no further word from Fry, who has apparently quit Twitter in a snit over the flap triggered by interview quotes he claims were taken out of context. Who cares what Fry thinks anyway, snorts the Telegraph. Asking Fry, who is openly gay, to offer his views on female sexuality is like "Simon Cowell turning up to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra." (Women apparently don't hate bad sex. Click here for that story.)

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