Good research, Mark. Off the top of my head, I noticed that a couple of the surveys were fairly dated, though,and they rely on self reporting. With the stigma and constraints that were n place for so long, I wonder if inhibition as the result of years of conditoning may have played a role in the respondents veracity, though.
I read , recently, that a study of porn usage on the internet showed a recent , dramatic increase in female viewers.
I have seen many complaints on these sites from women dissatisfied with the frquency or level of their husband's interest in sex.
Langley does report that her research showed that when the estrogen level is lowered, there is a dramatic increase in women's sex drive. I glean from her writngs that , due tosocialization, men/boys are taught from realtively young age to recognize that sexual attraction does not equate to love. omen are not taught this ,accorcing to Lnagely, thus the need to calssify sexual attraction as something more socially palatable, lie an emotional connection, thus legitimizing it in their eyes. But, she feels a large draw is, in reality, the desire to satisfy their sex drive.
It seems to me that if sex with others was not a large draw for these women, that greater effort would be expended in communicating with their husbands to get these needs met.
Yet, consistently, this is not done effectively.
If a guy having big $$ is classified as satisfying an emotional need, then a man with lower earnign potential cannot compete with a high roller. Say a wife meets a rich man, does that mean that her husband is incapable of meeting this need as well and will lose his wife?
My main issue with the studies vs my limited observations, is that behavior is more revealing than self reporting when there is a social stigma attached to reporting truthfully.
I am a little down, today, as I just saw that Johnny Depp beat me out in this year's sexiest man alive poll conducted by that respected magazine, People.