So… Who Wants A Threesome?

So... Who Wants A Threesome?

Who is interested in a threesome? And what type of threesome? A recent article in Psychology Today, citing a Canadian study, provides something of an answer to the question. The answer depends on the gender of the other two partners and whether one is in a committed relationship, is dating, or is just interested in a casual encounter.

The study, published in the Journal of Bisexuality, surveyed 720 men and women, aged 18 to 60 years old to find out exactly how interested they were engaging in a Ménage à trois. The study only focused on opposite sex encounters (two males/one female and vice versa).

Participants were asked to grade their desire in participating in a threesome if given an opportunity. The range of interest was measured on a scale 0f 0 (completely disagree) to 6 (completely agree).

The results showed, predictably, that men would be more interested in engaging in a threesome than women, and by an overwhelming margin.

So... Who Wants A Threesome?

The type of relationship was important, with participants in committed relationships scoring lower than those who were dating or engaging in casual sex.  However, women’s interest in threesomes scored a paltry 1.62 in the “best case” scenario of casual sex.

Men, however, would jump at the opportunity to engage in a threesome, especially in the casual sex category, scoring a 4.48 on the desirability scale.  Also noted in the study; 2 percent of women surveyed admitted to having a threesome as opposed to 10 percent of men.

Psychology Today provides a possible reason for the gender gap:

The gender difference is striking, if perhaps not surprising. Men are generally more sexually adventurous and accepting of casual sex in all its forms than are women. More specifically, a threesome with two women is the ultimate fantasy of many heterosexual men, a conquest above all conquests and twice the body parts they usually enjoy sexually. For a woman, on the other hand, a threesome with two men is much more of a social taboo. Some don’t want to have casual sex with one guy, let alone two. It also carries a range of physical safety and power dynamics concerns.

Sounds about right to me.

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