A new study reports that women like being valued for sex, as long as it's by a committed partner.
While something called objectification theory has long held that women respond negatively to being valued for sex, this study has turned those beliefs on their head.
The researchers surveyed approximately 200 newlywed couples about their sex lives, sexual valuation of their partners, and overall marital satisfaction.
Sure enough, the findings showed that women reported being happy in their marriage when husbands who were viewed as very committed valued them sexually.
Meanwhile, women had a negative reaction to husbands who were viewed as not very committed valued them sexually.
So What Does This Mean?
The researchers concluded that because humans expend considerable energy trying to appear sexually desirable, being sexually valued by a committed partner is a positive thing, because it signals that they have successfully attracted a mate.
So being valued for sex isn't necessarily a bad thing, as was long thought – as long as you're committed to us for many reasons besides just that.
For more information, read the full study here.