Most women think that love is the magic ingredient in great sex.
A new study from Penn State Abington reports that 78 percent of women between the ages of 20 and 68 believe being in love makes sex better. Women reported getting more pleasure and feeling less inhibited, free to try out their fantasies.
Dr. Beth Montemurro, associate professor of sociology and lead researcher, says that in the bedroom, women may equate trust with love.
When women feel love, they may feel greater sexual agency because they not only trust their partners but because they feel that it is OK to have sex when love is present.
Because women don't experience the stigma of casual sex while in relationships, they have the chance to explore and enjoy themselves. Montemurro believes that pop culture plays a large role in this idea.
On one hand, the media may seem to show that casual sex is OK, but at the same time, movies and television, especially, tend to portray women who are having sex outside of relationships negatively... For the women I interviewed, they seemed to say you need love in sex and you need sex in marriage.
Out of the 95 women that Montemurro interviewed from a variety of backgrounds, only 18 believed that love has no relation to sex.
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