Could money act as an aphrodisiac?
We hear all about trophy wives; you know, the buxom blonde bimbos that hook up with a man old enough to be their great-grandfather. I’m sure there are some women who really do find an oxygen tank and wheelchair kinky. But outside of the obvious – because you know it is human nature when it comes to wealth – someone will always chase the money regardless of their emotional commitment to the relationship.
“Fully 63% of rich men said wealth gave them ‘better sex,’ which they defined as having more-frequent sex with more partners. That compares to 88% of women who said more money gave them better sex, which they defined as ‘higher quality’ sex,” writes Robert Frank for the Wealth Report article “The Rich Libido.”
But for those of us who pursue life on the more realistic level of eking out a life paycheque to paycheque, how much can money play a role in heightening sexual desire?
Personally, I think what money can do is remove the stresses that act as sexual inhibitors. When you are in a relationship, the realities of life – paying the bills, being employed, etc. – can reduce the amount of interest you may have when it comes night time. Your mind if entrenched in other matters and worries; which does not allow you to completely immerse your imagination in sexual aerobics. Not to mention the physical exhaustion that goes with it.
I suppose for some people, the idea of the “million dollar one-night stand” also serves as an intriguing fantasy … the challenge is to make the right decision when you actually come in contact with that million dollars.
“You can buy all of the sex you want, but at the end of the day, most of us want and need more than a few moments of physical contact. Purchasing sex does not meet our psychological needs for intimacy and emotional connection,” says social psychologist Justin Lehmiller.
So the question might really be, if you got paid for sex, would you be willing to give up the emotional fulfillment of intimacy?