John M. Becker

Study: Nearly Half of Men Finish Sex in 2 Minutes

Filed By John M. Becker | April 28, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: intercourse, length, sex, sexual duration, sexual pleasure

stopwatch-hand.jpgAlice Robb of the New Republic writes:

In a piece on, Harry Fisch, author of the new book The New Naked: The Ultimate Sex Education for Grown-Ups, reports that "an astonishing 45 percent of men finish the sex act too quickly." How quickly? Within two minutes, according to Fisch. This would seem to be bad news for those men's partners and good news for the posthumous reputation of sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, whose research in the 1940s and 1950s concluded that three-quarters of men usually ejaculated within two minutes.

Before you conclude that Fisch's data simply represents more evidence of a male-dominated society's inherent pleasure inequality, it's worth noting that more recent scholars have looked into the question of what the different sexes actually think about it. As it happens, men may be more bothered by it than women.

Clicking through to Fisch's article brings a few other interesting tidbits of sexual trivia. For example, the average man has eleven erections (including partial ones) every day. It takes the average woman "at least five minutes, and more like seven" to achieve orgasm through vaginal penetration alone -- and while 45 percent of men reportedly finish in two minutes or less, the average penis-in-vagina sex session lasts about 7.3 minutes.

Notably, Fisch's paper doesn't address non-penile/vaginal sex at all. I wonder what the results would be if a similar survey were conducted in the LGBT community. What do you think?

h/t: Joe. My. God.

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