Who have more and satisfying sex? Married or cohabiting couples?
While reading Cosmopolitan the other day in an article: "So… Why do people get married, anyway", more sex was listed as one of the best reasons why people get married. [Say what now?!] Well apparently and in their words, ‘You’ll do it more if you say “I do”’ and went on to say that contrary to the popular stereotype that marriage = boring sex lives, some research shows that married couples get to have sex more than single guys do.
Na! I don’t buy this for a moment, even if backed by some research.
Bella DePaulo seems not to agree with it too (and especially with Waite and Gallagher's chapter on sex in their book: The Case for Marriage where they say: Married couples have more sex and better sex) saying: “It is not exactly true. Married people do not have the most sex - cohabiting people do.”
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In a bid to defend married people and their more and satisfying sex, as DePaulo puts it: "Waite and Gallagher try to shrug off the more active sex lives of co-habitors" saying their relationships, “...are more likely than marriages to be "built around sex." They also claim that co-habitors don’t enjoy sex as much as their married counterparts claiming married couples have extremely satisfying sex than other people do. But given the sexual problems (such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation) that most married men experience; given the sexual problems (such as not reaching orgasms, anxiety and pain during sex) that most married women complain about, how is all that “more satisfying sex”? At the same time, what say 'more and satisfying sex' than relationships "built around sex"?
If you ask me, I think the group that Waite and Gallagher dub the group that has their relationships "built around sex", is the group that is realistically allowed to boast of pleasurable sex… I mean if they have sex-based relationships, wont they be the ones who will go the extra mile to please their partners, to satisfy them? And if they have their relationships built on sex, then it means when the sex aint working, chances are most of them will bail out... leaving only the sexually satisfied co-habitors.
So who takes the trophy for couples who have more sex, more pleasurable sex and extremely satisfying sex? Even if backed by research, even though I have never been married, I refuse to give it to the married couples… I mean, COME ON peeps!!!
Anyhow, whom do you give it to?
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