It has been suggested by Baumeister (2004), after reviewing an extensive range of studies relating to the malleability of women and men’s sexuality, that there is clear evidence indicating that, in general, women demonstrate significantly higher Erotic plasticity (the degree in which sociocultural and situational factors influence a persons sex drive and practices over time) than men.

Baumeister found that individually, and as a group, women tend to experience more fluctuations and changes in their sex drive, sexual activities, sexual orientation and desires, over the lifespan, thus demonstrating a higher responsiveness to environmental, cultural and social factors, than men.

Interestingly, there also appears to be a correlation between level of education and erotic plasticity in women, but not in men. These findings suggest that the more highly educated a woman is, the more likely it is that she will experiment with a wider variety of sexual expression and activity over time, including a greater likelihood to engage in (or have engaged in at some stage) oral, anal and same sex experiences.

– Judi Reed, 2012

Roy F Baumeister (2004): Gender and erotic plasticity: sociocultural influences on the sex drive, Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 19:2, 133-139