History of Sex Surveys: Kinsey Report on Male Sexual Behavior Part 5 Premarital, Marital, Extramarital

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

Survey: SEXUAL BEHAVIOR IN THE HUMAN MALE

Premarital Intercourse

Twenty-two percent of all male preadolescents attempted intercourse before marriage, chiefly between age 10 and adolescence. There was considerable variation, according to social level: Among males who went to college, 6.7% had coital experience before marriage; among those who went into high school but not beyond, about 84%; and among boys who never went beyond grade school, 98%.

At all social levels, premarital intercourse occurs much less frequently among males who are devoutly religious. It occurs more frequently among city boys than farm boys.

Kinsey says, "To have or not to have premarital intercourse is a more important issue for more males than any other aspect of sex. . . . Except for the 15% of the population which goes to college, most males actually accept premarital intercourse, and believe it to be a desirable part of a normal human development."

Furthermore, "The significance of premarital intercourse depends upon the success or failure with which the couple avoids an unwanted pregnancy."

Marital Intercourse

According to Kinsey, "Although marital intercourse provides the chief source of outlet for married males . . . it does not ordinarily provide more than about 85% of the total sexual outlet. . . . There is no premarital sexual activity which may not continue into marriage, although the frequencies of all these other activities are almost invariably reduced."

"The percentage of the total outlet which the married male derives from intercourse with his wife varies considerably with different social levels. For the lower level group it provides 80% of the outlet during the early years of marriage, but an increasing proportion of the outlet as the marriage continues. By 50 years of age, the lower level male is deriving 90% of his outlet from marital intercourse. On the other hand, males of the college level derive a larger proportion of their outlet (85%) from intercourse with their wives during the early years of marriage, but a smaller proportion in later years. Not more than 62% of the upper level male's outlet is derived from marital intercourse by the age of 55. At no time in their lives do college-bred males depend on marital intercourse to the extent that lower level males do throughout most of their marriages."

Marital intercourse, although it is the most important single source of sexual outlet, does not provide even half of the total number of orgasms experienced by the males in our American population.

Extramarital Intercourse

This was the area in which Kinsey found the greatest reluctance to answer questions. On the basis of the limited data he did collect, he suggests that about 50% of all married males have intercourse (usually sporadic) with women other than their wives at some time during their marriage. "There seems to be no question but that the human male would be promiscuous in his choice of sexual partners throughout the whole of his life if there were no social restrictions. Extramarital intercourse may occur . . . irrespective of the satisfactory or unsatisfactory nature of the sexual relations at home."

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