When Kinsey released his “Kinsey Reports” in 1948, starting with the publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, followed by Sexual Behavior in the Human Female, no such study had ever discussed sex so extensively. Kinsey’s findings and the unorthodox practices that led to his theories sparked controversy in a time when there was no after-hours television and online porn sites. Kinsey’s work ultimately influenced both social and cultural perceptions regarding sex in America, and now, 60 years after Kinsey’s first report, a 130-page report from the same university where Kinsey tested loads of American women and men has released with some shocking findings.
We reported on the special issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine Monday, sharing the findings that said women fake orgasm at increasing rates. Now, more data from the exhaustive research says that more Black and Hispanic men use condoms then White men, and that there is a disproportionate rate between the amount of women and men who identify themselves as lesbian or gay, and the amount of people who admitted to engaging in same-gender sex.
The findings range from here to Antarctica in a study that won’t be as spell-binding as Kinsey’s, but will substantiate much of what many of us have long guessed about sex in 21st century America.
This study is the largest, most comprehensive national survey of America’s sexual behaviors since 1994.
One of the most fascinating findings is the rates of condom usage among Black, Hispanic and White men. The study reported that condom usage among Black and Hispanic men was significantly higher than that of White men. The researcher’s gave no particular answer on why HIV/AIDS continues to plague the Black and Hispanic communities more so than White America, expect that, the HIV/AIDS awareness programs are now making headway in communities of color.
Another considerable finding from the research reports that about 7 percent of adult women and 8 percent of men identify themselves as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, but the proportion of participants who had engaged in same-gender sex at some point in their lives was higher. The study gives an example: 15 percent of men aged 50-59 said they had received oral sex from another man at some point.
This leads us, naturally, to the study’s testing methods.
While the 1994 study conducted in-person interviews, the new method for collecting data was over the Internet. Researchers claimed that this made respondents more comfortable about discussing their sexual behaviors.
Dr. Irwin Goldstein, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, says, in a foreword to the report, “Just like then (Kinsey study), these papers contain material that is avant garde and often considered off-limits.” At a time when we can have nudity on HBO but cannot use the names of our genitals on the evening news, there remains a need to continue research on sexual health.
More interesting findings:
– 41 different combinations of sexual acts were tallied, encompassing vaginal and anal intercourse, oral sex, and partnered masturbation.
– Men are more likely to experience orgasm when vaginal intercourse is involved, while women are more likely to reach orgasm when they engage in a variety of acts, including oral sex.
– One-third of women experienced genital pain during their most recent sexual encounter, compared to 5 percent of men.
– The lowest condom usage rates were for men over 50.
– Among adolescent boys, only about 2 percent of the 14-year-olds—but 40 percent of the 17-year-olds—said that they had engaged in sexual intercourse in the past year.