Advertised as the largest, most comprehensive national survey of Americans' sexual behavior since 1994, the survey occupies130 pages in a special issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine, and is a survey of 5,865 people, ranging in age from 14 to 94. We're told we needed this study to provide reassurance to Americans who are curious about how their sex lives compare with others.
Much of the study concentrated on condom use, no surprise there since the study was funded by Church & Dwight Co., the manufacturer of Trojan condoms. A high rate of condom usage among 14- to 17-year-olds was revealed, but only 57 teens in that age range were surveyed, hardly a significant number.
The lead researchers, from Indiana University's Center for Sexual Health Promotion, said the study fills a void that has grown since the last comparable endeavor — the National Health and Social Life Survey — was published 16 years ago. [snip]
"Unless, like al-Qaida, you feel there's something abnormal about the American people, what these data say is, 'This is normal — everything in there is normal.'"
The researchers said they were struck by the variety of ways in which the subjects engaged in sex — 41 different combinations of sexual acts were tallied, encompassing vaginal and anal intercourse, oral sex, and partnered masturbation. ( )
—While about 7 percent of adult women and 8 percent of men identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the proportion of individuals who have had same-gender sex at some point in their lives is higher. For example, 15 percent of the men aged 50-59 said they had received oral sex from another man at some point. (read it all, hat tip R.J. Godlewski)
I'm not sure how groundbreaking or necessary this study was. It does show that more Blacks and Hispanics are using condoms, which is a good thing to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases as well as unwanted pregnancies. I think they should have included more teens in the study.
It would be interesting to know if the religion of study participants was considered, since they mentioned al-Qaeda.
I feel sure that the Condom company, Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers, Indiana University's Center for Sexual Health
Promotion, this blog, R.J., Google, and everybody else will receive a fatwa from al-Qaeda for mentioning them in relation to the study. We all know the Islamic terrorists are virgins, sexually pure in thought and deed -- except for the prostitutes they visit and blowing people up.
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On a similar note, sex, religion, and inequities, see the following: