A comparison of male and female masturbation practices was undertaken in a sample of university students to determine if the long-standing finding that young adult men in this country masturbate more than young adult women was still evident in the s. Despite the efforts in the past quarter century to encourage women in our society to take greater responsibility for their own bodies and their own sexuality and to engage in more sexual self-exploration and self-stimulation, results show that women continue to masturbate much less than men. Twice as many men as women had ever masturbated and the men who masturbated did so three times more frequently during early adolescence and young adulthood than the women who masturbated during these same age periods. No such linkage was observed, suggesting that early masturbation experience is neither beneficial nor harmful to sexual adjustment in young adulthood. This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution. Rent this article via DeepDyve.
Survey Reveals Men's and Women's Masturbation Habits in America | Allure
Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm. Masturbation is frequent in both sexes and at any age. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular. No causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder.
By simply writing this article, I'm doing something 55 percent of Americans say they never do: talk about masturbation. That stat is one of several findings revealed in a recent masturbation survey conducted by sex toy company Tenga along with research firm PSB, drawing on data from 13, respondents ages 18 to 74 in 18 different countries. And even though Americans don't want to talk about it, 84 percent of us admit to self-pleasuring — 92 percent of men and 76 percent of women. That's quite a gap between doing and saying. Interestingly, though, we have a healthy opinion of masturbation compared to other countries.
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