How We Can Use Science To Close the Orgasm Gap

How We Can Use Science To Close the Orgasm Gap

The orgasm gap refers to the well-documented research finding that heterosexual men tend to have more consistent experiences with orgasm than heterosexual women. Specifically, men are not only more likely to report having had an orgasm the last time they had sex, but they’re also more likely to say that they always or almost always have orgasms compared to women.

So what can we do to close this gap?

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The Orgasm Gap in Porn is Bigger Than We Realized

The Orgasm Gap in Porn is Bigger Than We Realized

Porn has been criticized for a lot of reasons, but one of the most common complaints lodged against it is that it isn’t realistic, especially in the way it depicts women’s sexuality. For example, some have described it as “a fantasy world in which women…always experience orgasm.” While there’s a lot of truth to the general idea that porn doesn’t provide an accurate depiction of sex, you may be surprised to learn that this specific critique does not appear to be valid. In fact, research suggests that, rather than the female orgasm being ubiquitous in online porn, it’s actually pretty uncommon.

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What Young Women Believe About Their Own Sexual Pleasure (Video)

What Young Women Believe About Their Own Sexual Pleasure (Video)

American sex education courses are seriously lacking when it comes to the subject of women's sexual anatomy and pleasure. Not only are terms like "vulva" and "clitoris" rarely uttered, but students typically learn nothing at all about the female orgasm, which (sadly) explains why so many college students set foot in my human sexuality course asking whether it's even a thing. I kid you not. 

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Infographic: Rates of Orgasm by Sexual Orientation and Gender

Infographic: Rates of Orgasm by Sexual Orientation and Gender

Much has been said and written about the "orgasm gap," or the idea that men tend to have far more consistent experiences with orgasm than women. However, the vast majority of the research on this topic to date has focused on heterosexuals, which begs the question of how sexual orientation might factor into this equation. In other words, is there still an orgasm gap between men and women who are either gay or bisexual? For a look at the answer, check out the infographic below, which features data from a new study just published in The Archives of Sexual Behavior.

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Rates Of Orgasm By Sexual Orientation And Gender (Infographic)

Rates Of Orgasm By Sexual Orientation And Gender (Infographic)

The orgasm gap (which refers to the idea that men have more consistent experiences with orgasm than women) has been widely publicized. To date, however, research on this topic has focused almost exclusively on heterosexuals. So how does sexual orientation factor into this equation?

Check of the infographic below for the answers from a recent study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. The results suggest that the orgasm gap is persistent across sexual orientations; however, there is a smaller gap between lesbians and gay men than there is between women and men of other sexual orientations.

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