It's a stereotype that has played out on every sitcom on network television and probably in most bedrooms across America: the ever-horny husband and the less-than-enthusiastic wife.
But new Canadian research about long-term partners suggests this stereotype is mostly just in guys' heads. Male participants in the study persistently underestimated their female partners' desires to get freaky. Women, it turns out (unsurprising to anyone with a vagina), want to get freaky on the regular.
While the study is being reported as news by many, the truth is that academics have spent the better part of forever trying to understand women's sexual desires and libidos with mixed results.
The ongoing fascination with how amorous women really are comes in part from the many-times-proven fact that a whole lot of women lie about their own pleasure, desires, and sex lives. And that is due to the outdated notion that men are sexual, while women are recipients of that sexuality. But as cultural norms shift and researchers get better at checking their own biases, new studies are now showing that women's libidos may be just as hopped up as men's.