Who is more likely to use a condom—the teen daughter, her married mother having an affair or her Baby Boomer grandmother, at 60, involved in a thrilling new relationship?
The teen-ager. Really.
Who is least likely to use a condom—an African American, Hispanic or white person?
The white person. Really.
Many of the results from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB) contradict myths and stereotypes. For example, a vast majority of sexually active 14- to 17-year-olds — 80 percent of boys and 69 percent of girls — said they had used a condom the last time they had intercourse, compared with well under half of adults involved in casual liaisons. Blacks and Hispanics, more aware of HIV-AIDS, also reported more condom use than whites. But only one in three (singles) or four (marrieds) acts of sexual intercourse are condom-protected in America.
Conducted by Dr. Michael Reece, Dr. Debby Herbenick, Dr. Brian Dodge, and their colleagues at Indiana University, the study is one of the most comprehensive on sexuaiity in almost two decades, documenting the sexual experiences and condom-use behaviors of 5,865 adolescents and adults ages 14 to 94. Initial findings are presented in nine separate research articles published on Oct. 1 in a special issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Among other conclusions:
- Bi-sexual behavior more common. 8% of men, 7% of women say they are gay, but more than twice those numbers report same sex experiences—with women more likely than men to indulge.
- More oral reciprocity with women almost as likely to receive oral sex as men are. Twenty years ago an oral gender disparity existed. Another inequity overcome in our lifetime!
- More sexual variety—with most couples experiencing more than one sex act during a lovemaking session.
- And more anal intercourse—twice as much as surveys reported in the early 90s--with women reporting orgasms this way. Really.
I love William Saletin's analysis of the anal O in "The Assman Cometh" on slate.com
Among women who had vaginal sex in their last encounter, the percentage who said they reached orgasm was 65. Among those who received oral sex, it was 81. But among those who had anal sex, it was 94. Anal sex outscored cunnilingus.
No way, you say.
Way. Read the data. Table 5, Pages 357-8.
What could explain this? Taboo thrill? Clitoral migration? Some new kind of vegetable oil?
Here's my guess. Look carefully at Table 4, Pages 355-6. Only 6 percent of women who had anal sex in their last encounter did so in isolation. Eighty-six percent also had vaginal sex. Seventy-two percent also received oral sex. Thirty-one percent also had partnered masturbation. And the more sex acts a woman engaged in during the encounter, the more likely she was to report orgasm. These other activities are what gave the women their orgasms. The anal sex just came along for the ride.
So why did the inclusion of anal sex bump the orgasm figure up to 94 percent? It didn't. The causality runs the other way. Women who were getting what they wanted were more likely to indulge their partners' wishes. It wasn't the anal sex that caused the orgasms. It was the orgasms that caused the anal sex.
That is one possible explanation.
Another? Generally women stroke their clitoris during anal intercourse so the orgasm is either clitoral or blended, depending on the strictness of your O definitions.
Still another? Some lovers are smart enough to bring a woman to the edge of orgasm before anal penetration. Many women on the verge can come from a wide range of stimulii.
As this survey shows us, sexual behavior keeps evolving, but some things remain the same:
85% of men report their partners reached orgasm the last time they had sex—while 64% of women said they did.
Check out the extended pages for uncommonly practiced sexual behaviors. Overall, this is a good survey, conducted with sound methodology. Have a little fun with the numbers.
THE SCIENCE QUESTION OF THE DAY:
If you are a woman who orgasms during anal intercourse--how does you orgasm happen?
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