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One-night stands--women more negative.

Almost half of women have negative feelings about one-night stands, a new study has found. The sexual and feminist revolutions were supposed to free women to enjoy casual sex just as men always had. Yet according to Professor Anne Campbell of Durham University in the UK, the negative feelings reported by women after one-night stands suggest that they are not well adapted to fleeting sexual encounters. Her findings are published in Human Nature.

Men are more likely to reproduce and therefore to benefit from numerous short-term partners. For women, however, quality seems to be more important than quantity. Also for women, finding partners of high genetic quality is a stronger motivator than sheer number, and it is commonly believed that women are more willing to have casual sex when there is a chance of forming a long-term relationship. Campbell looked at whether women have adapted to casual sex by examining their feelings after a one-night stand. If women have adapted, even though they may take part in casual sex less often than men because of their stricter criteria when selecting partners, they should rate the experience positively.

To test the theory, a total of 1 743 men and women who had experienced a one-night stand were asked to rate both their positive and negative feelings the following morning, in an Internet survey. Overall, women's feelings were more negative than those of the men. Eighty per cent of men had overall positive feelings about the experience compared with 54 per cent of women. Men were more likely than women to secretly want their friends to hear about it and to feel successful because the partner was desirable to others. Men also reported greater sexual satisfaction and contentment after the event, as well as a greater sense of well-being and confidence about themselves.
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Title Annotation:International
Author:Bateman, Chris
Publication:CME: Your SA Journal of CPD
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 1, 2008
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