New American Sex Survey

I do research on gender in the 20th century – which makes this story fantastic!  In the vein of Kinsey’s sex research reports in the 1940s and 50s – reports that helped jolt a nation into the Sexual Revolution, Americans now have a new sex survey to look to.

Guardian: “Filling 130 pages of a special issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the study offers detailed findings on how often Americans have sex, with whom, and how they respond. In all, 5,865 people, ranging in age from 14 to 94, participated in the survey.”

Despite the major changes which have occurred since the last survey in 1994, much less the phenomenal changes since the first Kinsey reports, some things still haven’t changed in the past 70 years: Women still aren’t having as many orgasms as men and everyone’s kinky.  The good news?  Everyone’s masturbating and using condoms.  Safety first!

What this survey could do but probably won’t do: open up discussions for the blurring of gender lines and sexual identity, as well as gender performance during sex.  How do we perform gender during sex?  How do our sexual performances reflect gender hierarchy?  If the world isn’t just black and white, why do we still assume the world is only full of heterosexuals and homosexuals, men and women?  What’s the in-between and why is it lower on the hierarchy?





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