Taking advantage of the lull, Cathy led me into her parents bedroom on tiptoe. Cathy had discovered something top-secret in her mother’s lingerie drawer and wanted to show me. She didn’t tell me WHAT the something was which, of course, heightened the sense of danger in our covert mission.
Cathy opened her mother’s dresser drawer, pushed aside a few articles of clothing, and carefully pulled out a thick, paperback book titled, “The Joy of Sex.” She quickly flipped open the book and let me see the simple yet explicit illustrations of a man and a woman in various positions having sex.
Standing next to Cathy, I turned beet red from embarrassment as she turned the pages to reveal more and more pictures. And, yet despite my discomfort and mortal fear of being discovered, I was strangely fascinated by the content. A number of thoughts and questions raced through my mind. Why does that man in the pictures have a beard? Does this mean Cathy’s parents (and by extension MY parents) still have sex? How exactly do people get their bodies into those positions? How can that be comfortable?
This memory surfaced yesterday as I heard that the results from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior. Researchers from Indiana University questioned almost 6,000 men and women between the ages of 14 and 94 about their sexual behaviors, patterns of condom use and the percentage of Americans participating in same-sex encounters.
One interesting “When Harry Met Sally” finding:
“Men and women also perceive each others’ level of arousal differently. Eighty-five percent of men reported that their partner experienced orgasm during their most recent sex event compared to only 64 percent of women who reported experiencing orgasm.”
If you decide to check out the findings, be advised that the link consists of a series of journal articles which are written from a scholarly viewpoint. But, if you’re like me and your curiosity exceeds your willingness to plow through lots of text, just search for the various tables to see a snapshot of the info.