There’s the saying, “live life with no regrets”, but according to one study, both men and women share regrets about their sex lives.

In the October 2013 issue of the Archives of Sexual Behavior,researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, analyzed data from three different studies, one of which included over 24,000 participants. Although both sexes had their fair share of regrets, they were quite different.  Men seemed to regret the sexual adventures they passed on and didn’t pursue, where women expressed regret over the things that they had done.

The most common regrets for women were:
1. Losing their virginity to the wrong partner (24 percent of respondents)
2. Cheating on a present or past partner (23 percent)
3. Moving too fast sexually (20 percent)

The most common regrets for men were drastically different:
1. Failing to make a move on a prospective sexual partner (27 percent of respondents)
2. Not being more sexually adventurous in their youth (23 percent)
3. Not being more sexually adventurous when single (19 percent)

The researchers noted that the differences in regrets are evolutionary, but also note that cultural standards play a huge role.

“We do not doubt that social norms, such as a sexual ‘double standard,’ play a major role in sexual regret,” Galperin said in a Nov. 25 press release. “But these norms themselves might have roots in the ancient selection pressures shaping women’s and men’s minds.”



Clutchettes & Gents, do you have any sexual regrets?

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  • Interesting that they use biology as a jumping point, certainly a far cry from feminism.

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      Of course, from evolutionary biology we murdered neighboring clans, sacrificed enemies/children/virgins/redheads to any number of gods, left infants with any mild disability to die in the woods, and had a life expectancy of 40. Feminism, and any other social idealogy, tends to look at improving human life in modern society, not enshrining pre-literate, pre-agriculture phases of human development. As an ardent feminist, i have no problem with biologists’ findings, i just dont think they proscribe my life today. Just like if i broke a leg (or caught pneumonia) im happy i can access doctors and not die for failure of outrunning lions.

    • lions won’t eat feminists, too tough and stringy…..

    • You do realize that feminism is (among other things) a racist and classist ideology; we might as well call it an advocacy group for white, middle-class women. If none of this rings a bell, I’ll be happy to provide examples (some from this site). Just let me know.

  • It seems that for the most part, women’s sexual regrets are based on moral code (moving too fast, losing virginity, cheating) Men’s regrets are based on failing to make a move and not being more sexually adventurous. That says a lot about men.

  • Not surprising the virginity thing was the most common regret among women. I know it is mine also.