Can Sex Ever Be Casual?

No-strings-attached mating may differ between theory and practice.

Sex

At least for humans, this most basic act is anything but simple. As the pioneering sex researcher Alfred Kinsey put it, the only universal in human sexuality is variability itself. Within the universe of intimacy and pleasure that sex affords, however, there's a lot of room for error. From the behavior itself to our orientations, sex never fails to be a provacative topic.

Relationships

Love is the most profound emotion known to human beings. For most people, romantic relationships are the most meaningful element in their lives. But the ability to have a healthy, loving relationship is not innate. Almost all of us have experienced a failed relationship, and most of us have to work consciously to master the skills necessary to make them flourish.

Friends

Anais Nin put it beautifully when she said, "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." Though some natural loners are happy without them, most of us depend greatly on the company of tr

Sexual Desire in Men

Sexual Desire in Men

Sexual desire is now believed to be more biologically driven among men than among women, whose desire is thought to reflect both context and culture. Given the range of sensitivity of women's desire to situational factors, disorders of sexual desire may be more common among women—but they are not unknown among men.

Sexual Desire in Women

Sexual desire in females is both more complex and more fragile than it is in males—less tied to biology, more linked to psychology. It is generally more variable; related to how they feel about themselves, what is going on in their lives, to say nothing of a partner's lovemaking style.