Men are ALWAYS ready and able to have sex, right?
Wrong, according to several Canadian sex researchers looking into the complexities of male sexual desire in a new Globe and Mail article. Science and the public have recently been coming to terms with female sexuality being varied and dependent on life stressors and circumstances, so it would make sense that male sexual desire be treated with the same sensitivity. However, men and their sex drive are still the subject of stereotypes that can leave them feeling pressured into having or desiring sex, or even just insecure expressing their needs for closeness and intimacy with their partners.
So what can we do to support male sexuality? Ditch the gendered stereotypes. Dr. Sarah Hunter Murray says letting go of traditionally male and female sexual scripts can alleviate pressure for BOTH men and women, and lead to greater sexual satisfaction: “These misconceptions hold us in antiquated boxes about what men and women should be, and don’t leave room to have a new discourse around what we actually want to experience,” Murray said. “It doesn’t let us be our authentic selves.”