Booty calling

Someone, somewhere, can look you straight in the eye and say “I’ve got a PhD in booty call research”.

A new study just published online in the Journal of Sex Research investigates where the booty call falls on the spectrum of relationships.

Positioning the Booty-Call Relationship on the Spectrum of Relationships: Sexual but More Emotional Than One-Night Stands

Peter K. Jonason; Norman P. Li; Jessica Richardson

Journal of Sex Research

Most research on human sexuality has focused on long-term pairbonds and one-night stands. However, growing evidence suggests there are relationships that do not fit cleanly into either of those categories. One of these relationships is a “booty-call relationship.”

The purpose of this study was to describe the sexual and emotional nature of booty-call relationships by (a) examining the types of emotional and sexual acts involved in booty-call relationships and (b) comparing the frequency of those acts in booty-call relationships to one-night stands and serious long-term relationships.

In addition, the manner in which sociosexuality is associated with the commission of these acts was also examined. Demonstrative of booty-call relationships’ sexual nature was individuals’ tendency to leave after sex and infrequent handholding.

In contrast, the romantic nature of booty-call relationships was demonstrated through the frequency of acts like kissing. The results suggest the booty-call relationship is a distinct type of relationship situated between one-night stands and serious romantic relationships.

Guys, if you need a post-doc… just call.

Link to booty call study in the Journal of Sex Research (via @NoahWG).

5 Comments

  1. rita
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    now someone explain what a booty-call relationship is – I think I’m missing out on something here!

  2. JD Jacob
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Booty Calling = F.W.F. ( Friends Who Fornicate), ie. the sexual privileges of a relationship with only the emotional involvement of a friendship.

  3. rita
    Posted July 30, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the definition. Now I need to know what “the sexual privileges of a relationship with only the emotional involvement of a friendship.” means………I didn’t know this was measured by quantities. What’s the unit of emotional involvement?

  4. Kapitano
    Posted July 31, 2010 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Also known as “Friends with Benefits” – the benefits being that, as well as the conversation and support, there’s the chance of sex if you both feel like it, but there’s no incentive to be monogamous, married or behave like a couple.
    It’s common in gay communities – so much so that there’s even a term for close male friends who don’t have sex – They’re “Sisters”.
    Interesting that it’s taken so long for such a normal relationship to be researched.

  5. Will S.
    Posted August 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Historically, though, it wasn’t normal; it’s fairly new, in fact. (Mistresses and lovers on the side aren’t quite the same thing, as often there are feelings involved there.) Only now, are people sufficiently selfish and narcissistic, that such ‘relationships’ have become common.


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