Who was it who so astutely observed that men can’t think straight until they have sex, while women think straight until they have sex?
You’ve seen the scenario play out, likely from either angle:
- A man chases a woman, acting a fool, his crazy behavior driven by her complete indifference to his overtures. If he finally does achieve his goal of “nailing her,” he’s either immediately over it or caught up in a lifetime of misery.
- Conversely, a woman who goes home with a complete stranger for a hot fix may well find herself having white picket fence fantasies about him and their future together the next day. (Many of us will deny we do this, but we do. And, yes, most of us are aware that it’s entirely irrational.)
The behavior in these two rather extreme examples is neither logical nor reasoned, but instead based on evolutionary survival mechanisms called instinct. Men, regardless of evolution, have a bit of needing the chase in them. This drive allowed them to survive and provide for their families and communities thousands of years ago. Women, on the other hand, are driven by a hormone called oxytocin, which is released simply through touch (and, of course, orgasm) and causes feelings of warmth, intimacy and concern. The result of these effects was women who nursed, bonded with and protected their babies — again, a basic function of survival.
So where does this leave us? Well…I’ve recently been envisioning a scenario that might look something like this:
A woman and man occasionally hang out. They are not dating, as far as they know. They enjoy each other’s company and are intrigued enough to go back for more, but neither has made an attempt to wrap any sort of meaning or parameters or definition around it. Still, more and more, they find themselves touching each other and kissing good night at the end of the evenings they spend together… Let’s imagine they find themselves becoming physically involved…they are now in the throes of a naked, steamy moment.
What is he thinking? “Awesome! This feels great! We’re having sex!”
What is she thinking? “Awesome! This feels great! He wants something deeper with me, too!” (Double entendre intended.)
These two could very well be on the same page and be thinking thoughts that ultimately end up being pretty close to each other’s meaning.
Or they could be worlds apart, with him feeling nothing more than a physical attraction to her…”friends with benefits,” as it’s commonly called (although I often prefer “sport f@%k” for its implied aggression).
So…will these two get physical? Will their intentions meet? Will they find themselves in awkward discussions before, during or after the act?
What do you think? What story line would you like to pursue? What are your views on the issue?