Do men bond with their partners during sex? Does sex mean something different to a man in love or in a relationship? Men are portrayed as hyper-sex-focused, tripping over their own impulses and hormonal bodies in the bawdy pursuit of the women they want to sleep with. We all know these stereotypes about what sex means to men, but how much of it is real? What does sex really mean for men and what role does love play in that? You may have heard that men are visual, aroused by viewing erotic images, while women take an emotional approach to arousal. In most participants, when sexual material was shown to them, several regions of the brain became more active. One unique difference in male participants was that their brain activity and physiological responses became less intense after repeated exposure to erotic images.