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The Redbook sex survey

The latest issue of Redbook (one of my sisters gave me a subscription) has this sex poll taken by a few thousand married couples. I have to admit some of the results surprise me.

The highlights:

Complete with my comments in brackets.

First, the questions for the women:

What kind of birth control do you use?
None: 32%
The pill: 27%
Other: 26%
Condoms: 12%
Rhythm method: 2.5%
Diaphragm: 0.5%
[Fully a third of married couples are using no contraception whatsoever? Golly. Granted, married couples are much likelier to be trying to conceive than unmarried couples are, but I still didn't think it was so high. Also, I'm sort of refreshed to see that only 27% are on the pill. I thought I was practically the only one in the world who wasn't on it. And some women – no offense to anyone in particular, but some women – turn into absolute psychos when they mess with their hormone levels like that, so I've sometimes doubted the wisdom of its popularity.]

How often do you reach orgasm during sex?
Half to three-quarters of the time: 43%
Every time: 34%
Rarely: 15%
Never: 8%
[Never? Is there a charity where I can send money to help these women?]

Have you ever faked an orgasm?
Yes: 58%
No: 42%
[And they claim every women has faked it. Hah. See; there are lots of us honest girls out there.]

How often do you initiate sex?
Sometimes: 81%
Always: 11%
Never: 8%
[Let me guess...that 8% is the same 8% as the ones who never reach climax?]

How often do you masturbate?
A few times a month: 50%
Never: 28%
A few times a week: 16%
Almost daily: 6%
[*considers commenting; decides against*]

What's the sexiest part of a man's body?
Chest: 42%
Mouth: 24%
Butt: 24%
Penis: 10%
[What about hair? Come on! Nothing cuter than hair. I see the "mouth" thing, though...]

Do you ever fantasize about someone else while having sex with your partner?
No: 61% [Liars!]
Yes: 39% [Just the other day, I caught myself saying, "Mmm, Orlijah...I mean, uh..."]
[Kidding on that last one.]

Now the questions for the men:

What's the sexiest part of a woman's body?
Breasts: 35%
Butt: 35%
Mouth: 17%
Vagina: 13%
[The T&A contingent wipes out the competition in a landslide! Good thing, too. You have no idea how relieved I am that "legs" isn't on here, mine being short and kind of stubby. Breasts, though, I can deliver. *sassy snap-snap*)

What turns you on more?
A woman in sexy lingerie: 61%
A woman naked: 39%
[I've been told this before, actually, but it's nice to see it reflected in the stats.]

Have you ever faked an orgasm?
No: 72%
Yes: 28%
[*perplexed look* Uh, how the... never mind.]

How often do you masturbate?
A few times a month: 34%
A few times a week: 31%
Almost daily: 23%
Never: 12% [Cue Gilbert & Sullivan: "What, never?" "No, never!" "What, never?" "Well, hardly ev-er!"]

Which celebrity has the sexiest body?
Catherine Zeta-Jones: 29%
Halle Berry: 27%
Britney Spears: 21%
Angelina Jolie: 15%
Pamela Anderson: 8%
[The first 2, fine. The last 3: ew. Saline, Collagen, and Silicon; the three modern Graces. I mean, I know men like new technology, but isn't that going a little far?]

That was entertaining, but I need to move back to Seattle. The sex surveys published in The Stranger are way pervier.

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mollyringle
Apr. 17th, 2003 10:52 pm (UTC)
I've actually wondered about the numbers on that (i.e., women physically unable to climax), because I've heard various claims once in a while, but it's hard to find any actual medical information. Seems like hardly anyone is studying it, which is rather unfair. I would be annoyed too - it deserves way more research attention, considering how much attention male impotence gets.
versinae
Apr. 17th, 2003 11:15 pm (UTC)
Re:
I don't have numbers either, but the amount of research is tiensy in comparison. And if you think research is bad, remind yourself of how quickly Viagra got huge amounts of support from HMOs, support that prescription birth control couldn't get in 30 years. Lacking *which* of those two drugs causes more problems? Argh.

< /rant >