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February 22, 1995

The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States

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New York, NY

 

by Edward O. Laumann, John H. Gagnon, RobertT. Michael, and Stuart Michaels, 718 pp, with illus, $49.95, ISBN 0-226-46957-3, Chicago, III, University of Chicago Press, 1994.

JAMA. 1995;273(8):675-676. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520320085050
Abstract

This survey of sexual practices in the United States has been combed by the media for items of interest to the public: monogamous sex is much more widespread in this country than has been thought; infidelity is less frequent than presumed; vaginal intercourse is the defining experience of heterosexual behavior; watching one's partner undress is stimulating to many people; married couples have more sex than single people (unmarried, cohabiting couples have the most sex of all); the majority of couples experience sex twice a week to several times a month; 2.8% of men identify themselves as homosexual and 1.4% of women do so, but a higher percentage of people consider a same-gender experience to have some appeal; 75% of men always experience orgasm compared with 28.6% of women, but more nearly equal numbers of men and women declare themselves satisfied with their sexual experiences. The book is, in fact, a

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