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The Science of Cougar Sex: Why Older Women Lust
A new journal article suggests that evolutionary forces push women to be more sexual, although in unexpected ways.
University of Texas psychologist David Buss wrote the article with the help of three graduate students, Judith Easton (who is listed as lead author), Jaime Confer and Cari Goetz. The researchers found that women in their 30s and early 40s are significantly more sexual than younger women. Women ages 27 through 45 report not only having more sexual fantasies (and more intense sexual fantasies) than women ages 18 through 26 but also having more sex, period. And they are more willing than younger women to have casual sex, even one-night stands. In other words, despite the girls-gone-wild image of promiscuous college women, it is women in their middle years who are America's most sexually industrious.
Why would women be more sexually active in their middle years than in their teens and 20s? Buss and his students say evolution has encouraged women to be more sexually active as their fertility begins to decline and as menopause approaches.