Given the amount of pop culture and media devoted to sex, it might seem like the facts are pretty clear. The proliferation of these myths leads not only to sexual dissatisfaction, but serious self-esteem issues. According to one study , more than 60 percent of women have faked an orgasm during intercourse or oral sex. Many of these women were motivated by fear of intimacy, insecurities about sexual functioning, or the desire to get sex over with.
The reason for the female orgasm has long eluded scientists. Men need them for reproduction; women don't. So why do female orgasms exist? Scientists studying this issue are divided, said David Puts, a biological anthropologist at Penn State University. Some scientists think female orgasms are totally purposeless. But evidence suggests that they may have once helped and perhaps still help us survive and reproduce. One theory holds that women have orgasms because men have them, said Kimberly Russell, an ecologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
And when depictions of sex in the media are thrown into the mix, the gap between expectation and reality widens even further. In 50 popular video clips included in the study, only In a recent survey , 53 percent of men and 25 percent of women in the United States said they had watched pornography in the past year. How much of a role does the clitoris play, and, most importantly, what do women want when it comes to achieving sexual satisfaction? A study by Prof.
But when? And how? Since Aristotle, researchers have looked for the biological and functional purposes of the female orgasm. Men need to have an orgasm to release sperm, but women do not need to orgasm to ovulate or become pregnant. Some researchers have suggested that orgasms persist because they have a psychological function in reproduction — they feel good, so they encourage women to have more sex.