History of Sex Surveys: Kinsey Report on Female Sexual Behavior Part 2 Findings

About the famous Kinsey Report, a survey done by Dr. Alfred Kinsey on all aspects of female sex, sexual history, marriage and more, findings.

Survey: SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IN THE HUMAN FEMALE

Marital Intercourse

Incidence of orgasm varied greatly. Ten percent reported never having reached orgasm in marriage. The "average" married woman reached orgasm in 70--77% of marital intercourse.

Length of marriage % of Marital Coitus Leading to Orgasm

In the 1st year 63%

By the 5th year 71%

By the 10th year 77%

By the 15th year 81%

By the 20th year 85%

Kinsey found that the frequency of marital intercourse declines with age--not because of the female's loss of interest, but because of the male's aging processes.

"Although we may use orgasm as a measure of the frequency of female activity," Kinsey explained, "and may emphasize the significance of orgasm as a source of physiologic outlet and of social interchange for the female, it must always be understood that we are well aware that this is not the only significant part of a satisfactory sexual relationship. This is much more true for the female than it would be for the male."

Kinsey's key finding regarding frigidity was its rarity; 9 out of 10 of the women reported having experienced orgasm by the age of 35, and an additional 8% reported having experienced sexual arousal without orgasm. This left a maximum of 2% of women who could be characterized as "frigid" in the sense of being incapable throughout their lives of experiencing either erotic arousal or orgasm. "It is probable," Kinsey concluded, "that all females are physiologically capable of responding . . . to the point of orgasm." What had commonly been termed frigidity, said Kinsey, was in reality a result of male ignorance of female anatomy--that is, inadequate stimulation.

Masturbation

Less frequent in the female (about 2/3) than in the male, but appeared to be the technique most likely to lead to orgasm; women who masturbated reported achieving orgasm in 95% of all attempts.

Petting to Orgasm

Initial source of orgasm for 24% of all women who had ever experienced orgasm. But "petting provides a great deal more than experience in orgasm. It introduces the female to the physical, psychological, and social problems involved in making emotional adjustments to other individuals, and consequently helps contribute to satisfactory marital coitus."

Nocturnal Sex Dreams

The causes and contents of women's nocturnal sex dreams are similar in cause and content to those of men, but fewer women have them. About 2/3 of the women in the sample had had dreams that were overtly sexual. For 20%, the dreams had proceeded to the point of orgasm.

Extramarital Intercourse

Twenty-five percent reported having engaged in it, the majority having been in their 30s and early 40s when it occurred. Forty was the age of maximum extramarital sexual activity.

Homosexuality

Women's homosexual relationships are less promiscuous than men's, perhaps because society is suspicious of men living together, but not of women. Twenty-eight percent of the women reported having had one or more homosexual experiences by the age of 45, compared with 50% of the men. There is evidence of more homosexual activity by women on higher educational levels.

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