History of Sex Surveys: Kinsey Report on Female Sexual Behavior Part 3 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

Total Sexual Outlet

SINGLE WOMEN--Masturbation was found to be the most important source of total outlet for the unmarried females in the sample. Coitus had been the 2nd chief source after age 20, and for those females who were still unmarried in their late 30s and 40s it was nearly as important a source of outlet as masturbation. Homosexual contacts had provided a rather important portion of the total outlet for the unmarried females in the sample between the ages of 26 and 40. Petting to orgasm had been an important source of premarital outlet for the females between 16 and 30, but had become much less important after 30.

MARRIED WOMEN--Coitus in marriage accounted for 84 to 89% of the total outlet of the married females in the sample who were between the ages of 16 and 35. After the middle 30s the importance of marital coitus had decreased. In the age group 45 to 50, only 73% of the total number of orgasms came from that source.

"Masturbation was the 2nd most important source of sexual outlet for the married females in the sample, providing between 7 to 10% of the total number of orgasms for each of the age groups between 16 and 40."

Extramarital coitus and orgasms derived in extramarital petting accounted, in various age groups, for 3 to 13% of the total outlet of the married females in the sample. This had become the 2nd most important source of outlet after age 40, providing 12% of the total orgasms in that period.

Animal contacts proved to be insignificant, relations between females and animals apparently being more myth and fable than actual practice.

Psychological Factors in Sexual Response

Apart from inherent anatomical and physiological capacity to respond to stimulus, most aspects of human sexual behavior appear to be the product of learning and conditioning. Attitudes acquired from parents, from other adults and from other children "may have considerable significance in determining [the individual's] subsequent acceptance or avoidance of particular types of sexual activity. . . . Behavior which may appear bizarre, perverse, or unthinkably unacceptable to some persons . . . may have significance for other individuals because of the way in which they have been conditioned."

"We find no reason for believing that the physiologic nature of orgasm in the female... is different from those of the male. But in their capacities to respond to psychosexual stimuli, the average female and the average male do differ." Thirty-three such psychosexual stimuli (i.e. erotic films) aroused males, whereas only 3 (movies, romantic literature, and being bitten) aroused the average female. Capacities to respond are also influenced by neural and hormonal factors, and by the menstrual cycle, the human female being least sensitive to stimuli at the time of ovulation, when she is most pregnable, the most sensitive to stimuli and arousal when she is "safest," that is, immediately before and after menstruation.

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