Scientists Study the Ubiquitous 'Booty Call'

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"Women want this -- no one is twisting their arms," he said. "The booty call is much less socially stigmatizing and protects women from the negative side effects of engaging in one-night stands."

The study showed women received more calls than men, which confirmed earlier studies that men pursue sex more often than women. Phone calls were the most common method.

Those who accepted based their decisions primarily on physical attractiveness, but also on good timing. Men said they accepted mostly out of a desire for sex, while women were more likely to accept because of a past friendship or compatibility.

Although men viewed the booty call as mostly sexual, women told researchers they saw them as a potential route to a long-term relationship.

From the male perspective, the booty call is about "no strings attached," according to James, a 22-year-old who works at an Arizona college.

"College students use being a college student as an excuse to be obnoxiously promiscuous," he said. "It's a way to keep your 'number' down and still getting what you want."

"It's basically a more moral alternative to a one night stand," said James. "Unfortunately, when girls sleep around with random people, it's far more frowned upon than when guys do."

Andrea agrees that the booty call is not always something girls are proud of. "In a circle of friends, we laugh it off," she said. "It's normal, but not something I want the whole school knowing about it."

"Girls tend to get attached and want something more, but have made the impression that they are duty-free booty, not girlfriend material," said Andrea. "I think a lot of times booty-calls can result in the girl feeling confused or used after sleeping with someone for an extended period of time, even though the girl made it clear she was okay with being just a hook up."

Tabitha, a 20-year-old junior at the University of Texas in Austin, agrees: "Women tend to be much more emotional," she said. "Even though they may act like they're not emotionally into it, they definitely are."

But some women are comfortable with no emotional involvement and warn that "clingy" girls should stay clear of the booty call.

"I don't like commitment so I'm happy when it goes no further than the booty call itself," said Lee, a 21-year-old from University of Texas. "I think it goes both ways. It just depends on the person if people view booty calls as a liberating thing or a slutty thing. I think booty calls are only meant for people who can handle it. You have to think like a man."

But some men who succumb to the booty call say they, too, have faced embarrassment or disappointment.

William, a 20-year-old Arizona State University student, describes a booty call as just a "temporary girl filler."

"Basically you both mutually want to hook up for the night with no strings attached," he said. "I definitely wouldn't say that it is healthy."

Once, he accepted a girl's booty call, and the roles were reversed.

"A friend of mine called me to hook up for a night and after that, she wouldn't speak to me for months," he said. "Ultimately, it makes you look and feel like a scum bag."

Booty Call: Nothing New, Say Sexologists

The booty call concept is nothing new, according to Judith Steinhart, a clinical sexologist from New York City.

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