June 14, 1995 in Nation/World

Sex Fantasy Studies Called Skewed

Compiled From Wire Services

Psychologists holding a revisionist view of sex fantasies say that most of the last 50 years of research on the subject has been blind to the true nature of women’s erotic yearnings and sexuality.

The studies “have largely been skewed to a male’s idea of what’s sexy,” said Dr. Harold Leitenberg, a psychologist at the University of Vermont in Burlington who published a comprehensive review of more than 200 studies of sexual fantasies in a recent issue of Psychological Bulletin.

One study found that women’s sexual fantasies, in contrast to men’s, emphasized touching, the partner’s feelings, the woman’s physical and emotional responses to what was going on, and the mood and ambience of the encounter.

The study also found that women were more likely to fantasize about someone they were or had been involved with and to focus on personal details of the partner.

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