Malaka Gharib. That's one of the central questions in The Pleasure Gap: American Women and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution , a book published this month by public health researcher and journalist Katherine Rowland. Rowland explores why American women aren't happy with their sex lives — and what they can do about it. A contributing factor, noted the researchers, was the lasting psychological effects of sexual trauma. Your purchase helps support NPR programming. The Pleasure Gap highlights how desire and the mind are linked for women. We need to remove these barriers, she says, to experience sex with the "full freedom, expression, range and truth that we're endowed with. Rowland argues that it is possible for women to take charge and reignite their libidos.
And when depictions of sex in the media are thrown into the mix, the gap between expectation and reality widens even further. In 50 popular video clips included in the study, only In a recent survey , 53 percent of men and 25 percent of women in the United States said they had watched pornography in the past year. How much of a role does the clitoris play, and, most importantly, what do women want when it comes to achieving sexual satisfaction? A study by Prof. Osmo Kontula — from the Population Research Institute at the Family Federation of Finland in Helsinki — asked more than 8, women in Finland about their sexual experiences. Most of the women under the age of 35 who participated in the study had experienced their first orgasm through masturbation. For around a quarter of these, this happened before the age of 13, and for a tenth, before the age of But the average age at first sexual intercourse was Most women did not experience an orgasm at this time — in fact, only one quarter of survey participants had reached an orgasm during intercourse within the first year that they started having partnered sex.
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There will be a man and a woman and they are having sex. Up against a wall, in a bed, in a car, anywhere. Vertically, horizontally. Clothed or unclothed. None of that matters, because the outcome will be the same. Within a minute, usually, the man and woman will have an orgasm at the same time. It will be visible, spectacular, satisfying. Then perhaps, she will have another and another and another. This scene will be familiar because it has been enacted ever since sex was allowed onscreen.
The pursuit of sexual pleasure is a key motivating factor in sexual activity. Many things can stand in the way of sexual orgasms and enjoyment, particularly among women. These are essential issues of sexual well-being and gender equality. This study presents long-term trends and determinants of female orgasms in Finland. In Finland, five national sex surveys that are based on random samples from the central population register have been conducted. Another dataset of 2, women in the age group of 18—70 years was collected in via a national Internet panel. Contrary to expectations, women did not have orgasms that are more frequent by increasing their experience and practice of masturbation, or by experimenting with different partners in their lifetime.