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Sexual Dreams of Women
Sexual Dreams of Women
The Sex of Your Dreams (Really!)
What her sex dreams (and yours) say about your real sex life
By: Brittany Risher
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There's no more denying it: Women are just as horny as men -- if their dreams are any indication.
Forty years ago, studies reported that women dreamt about sex less frequently than men.
That was probably wrong. Women may have been shy about admitting to their dreams. Or maybe the increased sexual freedom of recent decades has led to sexier dreams.
A new study out of the University of Montreal found that about 8 percent of both men's and women's dreams contain sexual activity.
Women's dreams tend to be about real-life sexual partners, past or present, and women are more likely than men to dream about celebrities—rock stars, movie stars, and politicians (Brad Pitt, Bono and George Clooney were among the study subjects' faves).
Men's dreams are more likely than women to dream about imaginary, unknown people, and the encounters take place in public or in unknown settings.
Men are also more likely to have sex with multiple partners. In their dreams.
And what happens in these dreams? Sexual intercourse was the most common activity, followed by sexual propositions, kissing, fantasies, and masturbation, said study author Antonio Zadra, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at the university.
Elizabeth, 25, of Nashville, Tenn., is typical. She says her first sex dream was as a teenager, involving a Party of Five star.
"I dreamed that Scott Wolf and I were flying through the air in a cardboard box -- having the wildest sex as we floated through the clouds," she says. "It was utterly bizarre and totally comical. But to this date, it's still the hottest and most memorable sex dream I've ever had."
She now sees it as a virgin's idealized vision of sex. "The last sex dream I had involved Eminem. My, how things have changed."
Zadra says his research, presented last month at a sleep conference, is the first in decades to quantify the kinds of sex dreams people have.
Do they mean anything? They might. Zadra said one theory of dreaming is that it "reflects the dreamer's waking state and concerns." And the difference between men's and women's dreams "may be indicative of different waking needs, experiences, desire and attitudes with respect to sexuality."
Researchers asked 64 men and 109 women (average age: 30) to record their nightly dreams for 2 to 4 weeks. They analyzed more than 3,500 dreams logged.