RECENT SEX SURVEY FINDINGS: MASTURBATION PRACTICES

Masturbation practices among males seem to have changed very little since the Kinsey report. Almost all males masturbated then and almost all males masturbate in our current society. However, masturbation among females apparently has changed during the last few decades. There is some evidence that masturbation is now more common among women and that it tends to begin at earlier ages. On the other hand, a significant proportion of people, both males and females, still report having some negative feelings, such as guilt or anxiety, regarding their masturbatory experiences.

More individuals of both sexes are engaging in premarital intercourse; and, like female masturbation, premarital intercourse appears to begin at earlier ages. It will be remembered that Kinsey found some rather consistent differences in the occurrence of premarital intercourse among males and females of different educational and socioeconomic backgrounds. Recent findings have suggested that these differences between social classes are becoming smaller.

Some have interpreted the apparent increase in premarital sexuality as evidence of a growing promiscuity among American youth. The data, however, particularly that gathered from adolescents and young adults, suggest that this interpretation is not the case. Premarital sexuality does seem to begin at earlier ages, and Americans as a rule are waiting longer to marry than their counterparts only a generation ago. The latter fact alone has probably led to some increases in reported premarital intercourse. Additionally, the mores surrounding sexual expression during this lengthened premarital period also argue against the promiscuity hypothesis. That is, adolescents and young adults as a rule do not appear to be "sleeping around" with a variety of partners in "one night stands." Rather, they appear to engage in serial "monogamy," perhaps forming several long-term relationships before marriage but remaining sexually faithful to the partner for the duration of each relationship.

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Men's Health-Erectile Dysfunction