A study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science examined why straight women fake it in the bedroom. According to the results, they are trying to protect their partner’s “manhood.” If a woman perceives that the man she’s with has a fragile sense of masculinity, they’re more likely to put on a show.
Women report that if they feel their partner is trying to prove his manhood, they feel less capable of having open communication regarding sex or pleasure, for fear of hurting his feelings. In the long term, faking it can hurt a woman’s chances of developing deeper bonds with their partner, and can lead to trust issues.
The article suggests breaking the cycle by asking if there’s anything different your partner would like to do, tease to build tension, and spend more time engaging in solo play. (The Sun)