Age and Sex
Throughout life, women’s sexuality is more dependent on the existence and nature of a relationship with a partner than is that of men. The evidence that this is the case in adolescence, early adulthood, and middle and old age will be discussed in relation to these life stages. It may explain or result from the greater importance psychological (as opposed to biological) factors have on women’s sexuality as compared to men’s. Despite the overwhelming importance given in the United States to environmental as compared to biological variables in determining human behavior (McConaghy, 1987b), some of its theorists have considered the differences between the behavior of men and women to be genetically determined by the form of sexual activity selected in the evolution of human beings to enable the survival of their species (Knoth, Boyd, & Singer, 1988).
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