Disproving the evopsych belief that men want sex more.

It is one of the basic positions of evolutionary psychology that men want sex more than women, and women want security more than men. This is disproven by anthropological data, but we don’t even have to go that far. All we need to do is go back to the 1600s.

The idea that men are naturally more interested in sex than women is ubiquitous that it’s difficult to imagine that people ever believed differently. And yet for most of Western history, from ancient Greece to beginning of the nineteenth century, women were assumed to be the sex-crazed porn fiends of their day. In one ancient Greek myth, Zeus and Hera argue about whether men or women enjoy sex more. They ask the prophet Tiresias, whom Hera had once transformed into a woman, to settle the debate. He answers, “if sexual pleasure were divided into ten parts, only one part would go to the man, and and nine parts to the woman.” Later, women were considered to be temptresses who inherited their treachery from Eve. Their sexual passion was seen as a sign of their inferior morality, reason and intellect, and justified tight control by husbands and fathers. Men, who were not so consumed with lust and who had superior abilities of self-control, were the gender more naturally suited to holding positions of power and influence.

4 thoughts on “Disproving the evopsych belief that men want sex more.

  1. Amy October 23, 2014 at 20:55 Reply

    As always, doomed if you do (like sex), doomed if you don’t. If you are a woman, that is.

    I love your blog, Francois.

    • Francois Tremblay October 23, 2014 at 21:00 Reply

      Thank you! Don’t hesitate to comment. I always like hearing from new people.

  2. Heretic November 3, 2014 at 18:25 Reply

    It was a total reversal done – first women were evil because they were seen as sexually insatiable, now it’s men who are seen as wanting sex more and women still get demonized (whether for having sex or not wanting it enough according to men).

    Another reversal in history was how only a few centuries ago it was a big deal for men to have wigs and fancy hairstyles, high-heeled shoes and all the things we now think of as feminine.

    • Francois Tremblay November 4, 2014 at 01:28 Reply

      Masculine and feminine always have to be polar opposites… no matter which side is which.

      Seems like it works that way in politics too… with the American political shift somewhere during the fifties.

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