It's a cliché because it's true: Men think about sex a lot - every seven seconds, according to one oft-repeated estimate. But just because we women have a few other things on our minds - the soccer-practice schedule, what to make for dinner, and where did I leave that brown sweater? - doesn't mean we don't have our own rich internal sexual lives. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't take a candlelit dinner or a bodice-ripping romance novel to get the average female thinking lusty thoughts. In fact, some of us are contemplating X-rated interludes while on the elliptical at the gym, while stuck in traffic, or even while on the couch during our favorite TV shows. And that's a very good thing. Go ahead, indulge in a quick fantasy about the bag boy while you're waiting on line at the grocery store - exploring your own imaginative hot zone keeps you connected to your sexual self, even when your real sex life is in a cool phase.
REDBOOK asked three women to keep a journal for one week and honestly document their most intimate thoughts as they occurred. Their thoughts ranged (read them here in full) from tired "why don't I want to have sex" thoughts to racy almost constant fantasies - proving that whatever the degree, and however they think about it, sex is on women's minds as well - possibly even as much as it's on men's.
We want to know: how often do you think about sex?
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