Scientists have never satisfactorily explained men's curious breast fixation, but theorists are gonna theorize. Mammary glands are a defining feature of mammals, but humans seem unique in granting mammaries a large sexual role. That's not to say interest in nipples is entirely unheard of elsewhere in the animal kingdom: In the book "Biological Exuberance:
Women use sex to have relationships, men use relationships to have sex. Men and women are different, of course, and the two genders feel differently about sex. But most discussions of the male-female divide claim the differences are as vast and unbridgeable as the Grand Canyon, that men and women cannot possibly understand each other.
A recent study of gender differences around sexuality paints a much different picture. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison used statistical techniques to combine the results of more than studies published from to Then they combined those results with the findings of several other large ongoing surveys that together include tens of thousands of American, English, and Australian adults.
The time span and enormity of these studies suggests valid, reliable results. And what were the results? While men and women do, indeed, show gender differences with regard to sex, their differences are much smaller than the Venus-Mars dichotomy suggests.
Heterosexual Intercourse The myth is that men are eager to jump into bed with any woman who seems halfway interested, while women pick and choose very carefully.
As a result we would expect men to report a great deal more intercourse than women in part because many men patronize sex workers. Gender differences in reported intercourse are, indeed, large among teens and those in their twenties.
But over time, the differences decrease. Considering adults of all ages, rates of heterosexual intercourse reported by men and women are roughly equivalent.
Men report slightly more frequent intercourse with a slightly larger number of partners, but given the broad belief in huge gender differences, the actual differences are surprisingly small.
Age at First Intercourse The myth is that testosterone -crazed young men lose their virginity much earlier than timid young women.
Again, the actual differences are much smaller than the mythology suggests. Beforethe average age at first intercourse for men was 18, for women, But since the mids, the average age of first intercourse for both men and women has been 15 to Today, oral is far from ubiquitous, but most people have tried it, with very little gender difference.
Most of the studies in this analysis did not distinguish between providing and receiving oral, but the National Health and Social Life Survey did, and it shows that 77 percent of men report performing cunnilingus, while 73 percent of women report receiving it, and 68 percent of women report performing fellatio while 79 percent of men report receiving it.
Again, the differences are statistically modest. Extra-Marital Sex The myth is that horny men have lots of affairs, while more demure women do not.
But the studies in this analysis are fairly consistent in showing that about 25 percent of men and 15 percent of women report affairs. Masturbation Like extra-marital affairs, solo sex is also difficult to study because many people are reluctant to admit it, or admit their actual frequency.
Compared with older studies, more recent research shows less difference in admissions of masturbation. However, auto-eroticism is one of the few elements of sexuality that show substantial gender difference.
The best estimate is that during the past year, 63 percent of men and 42 percent of women have masturbated. One indication of this difference is use of pornography.
Porn is huge on the Internet, and according to porn industry sources, 80 percent of it is viewed by men solo—typically with one hand busy.
As a result, we would expect women to experience more sexual guilt than men.Why did Columbus travel west? Why did Marco Polo head east? Because it is that pull, that unknown, that prospect of adventure that compels humans to seek new frontiers to explore.
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