Reasons Women Initiate Or Accept Sexual Activity With Their Partners

Both the literature and clinical experience attest to the large number of reasons that sexually motivate women (1-6). Many of these are to do with enhancing emotional intimacy with the partner (2,5,6). Further reasons include increasing the woman's sense of well being, of attractiveness, womanliness—even to feel more normal (26). Simply wanting to share something of herself that is very precious, to sense her partner as sexually attractive (be it his/her strength and power, or ability to be tender/considerate—or both), are further reasons. Incentives that might superficially appear unhealthy are also common, for example, to placate a needy (and increasingly irritable) partner (26), or "do one's duty." When the experience proves rewarding for the woman such that part way through she herself starts to feel—that she, too, would not wish to stop—it becomes unclear whether the original reasons (to placate/do one's duty) are truly unhealthy. The concept of "rewards" or "spin offs" from being sexual is currently being empirically researched.

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