The Weird Wide World Of American Sex

jsmThe stuff they print in family newspapers these days! The latest study of American sexual practices is all over the media today, this version c/o USA TODAY:

Having sex doesn’t necessarily mean what you think.

In fact, having sex means different things to different people, the most comprehensive study of sexual health-related behaviors in recent years concludes.

The national survey of 5,865 Americans between 14 and 94, conducted by Indiana University researchers, found that the phrase “having sex” can encompass a variety of acts beyond intercourse, including masturbation and oral sex.

Study participants reported engaging in more than 40 combinations of acts during their most recent sexual encounters. And that did not include kissing.

The National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, which appears in the Journal of Sexual Medicine today, paints one of the most complete pictures of Americans’ behavior in the bedroom in recent years.

Details include how frequently people engage in sexual activity, what they do, and whether they take precautions when they do it…

[continues at USA TODAY]

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  • gemmarama

    right, can somebody please explain to me what – to a brit – is the weirdest thing about americans and shagging:

    what the hell is that jumping into the shower immediately after sex thing all about? are you trying to wash away the shame or what?

    • Liam_McGonagle

      ‘Coz sex is dirty. Makes us ritually impure, which will disqualify us for the holy sacrament of voting for some f*cktard ‘christian’ fundamentalist.

      But that’s just my guess.

      • gemmarama

        … only if you’re doing it right (thank you woody allen).

        yeah it’s a weird one that… us brits are meant to be the repressed ones but paradoxically we are quite happy to laze about in our own sex-funk indefinitely. from personal experience supported by anecdotal evidence you guys seem reluctant to do the same.

        although mibbe it’s just another symptom of our supposedly poor hygeine, along with the neglect of dental health, retention of foreskins, etc…

        • Haystack

          You guys have just been living next to France for too long.

          • gemmarama

            ha! oh we’re not as bad as them… and i have the horror stories about french flatmates to prove it ;-)

  • gemmarama

    right, can somebody please explain to me what – to a brit – is the weirdest thing about americans and shagging:

    what the hell is that jumping into the shower immediately after sex thing all about? are you trying to wash away the shame or what?

  • Liam_McGonagle

    ‘Coz sex is dirty. Makes us ritually impure, which will disqualify us for the holy sacrament of voting for some f*cktard ‘christian’ fundamentalist.

    But that’s just my guess.

  • gemmarama

    … only if you’re doing it right (thank you woody allen).

    yeah it’s a weird one that… us brits are meant to be the repressed ones but paradoxically we are quite happy to laze about in our own sex-funk indefinitely. from personal experience supported by anecdotal evidence you guys seem reluctant to do the same.

    although mibbe it’s just another symptom of our supposedly poor hygeine, along with the neglect of dental health, retention of foreskins, etc…

  • Haystack

    You guys have just been living next to France for too long.

  • gemmarama

    ha! oh we’re not as bad as them… and i have the horror stories about french flatmates to prove it ;-)

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