Every six months or so, the research community rolls out studies pertaining to women that often debunk the long held beliefs that women aren’t sexual beings. The latest study to contradict longstanding societal impressions was released last week:
At least according to a recent study by Diane Kholos Wysocki, a professor of sociology and women’s studies at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and Cheryl D. Childers, a professor of sociology at Washburn University, women are more likely to send nude photographs or sexually explicit text messages than men. About two-thirds of women surveyed sent such missives compared with roughly half the men (although for reasons to be explained later, these results are not the most scientific).
*Sips coffee* Interesting.
The article broke down the unusual method to conduct this survey:
Dr. Kholos Wysocki’s current study used a rather unusual data set: an online survey of 5,187 adult visitors to the Web site AshleyMadison.com, an “infidelity” service aimed at married men and women, as its basis for analysis. Conducted in 2009, the survey asked 68 questions about users’ Internet use, sexual behaviors and demographics.
Women were also more likely to meet people in real life after meeting them online (83 percent of women compared with 67 percent of men). But they were less likely to be anxious about being caught looking at sexually explicit material and less cautious than men about sweeping up their cybertrails. Dr. Kholos Wysocki was not surprised. “I know young men who are constantly getting naked pictures from women they know on their phones,” she said. “They’re constant!”
Bingo. Perhaps women are more likely to sext because the men in their lives are more interested in seeing their naked bodies than they are interested in seeing a man’s naked body? Who knows…
I love when these “studies” are released. They send the established medical and psychological communities and society into a tizzy because a wrench has been thrown into their their fantasies–and misconceptions–about women and sexuality. This latest study once again turns the perception of women as passive participants in sex and apathetic about their sexuality on its head and reminds society that women are just as complex and interested in sex as men.
So, congratulations to Dr. Diane Kholos Wysocki and Dr. Cheryl Childers. Your study highlights nothing new, exotic and exciting about women and sexuality, but thanks for confirming what women already know: that we like sex, technology and sending naked photos of the bodies we supposedly feel so insecure about.