The Science of Cougar Sex: Why Older Women Lust
A new journal article suggests that evolutionary forces push women to be more sexual as we age, although in some unexpected ways. Women in their 30s and early 40s not only report having more sex than younger women, but they also are more willing than younger women to have casual sex, even one-night stands.
Men who cheat on their spouses have always enjoyed an expedient explanation: Evolution made me do it. Many articles (here is one, and here is another), especially in recent years, have explored the theory that men sleep around because evolution has programmed them to seek fertile (and, conveniently, younger) wombs. (See the top 10 political sex scandals.)
But what about women? If it’s really true that evolution can cause a man to risk his marriage, what effect does it have on women’s sexuality? Read more