Both men and women prioritize male sexual pleasure during sex. A new study looks into why that is.
Research reliably shows that straight women statistically have fewer orgasms than any other demographic. That holds true in both casual hookups and long-term relationships.
“The lay public widely recognizes the orgasm gap between women and men as variously innate and biological-determined. But our study shows that socio-contextual factors — namely entitlement — play a crucial role in understanding gender inequalities in sexual pleasure,” Verena Klein, the study’s lead author and a Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan, told PsyPost earlier this month.
According to the study, men are generally perceived as being more entitled to orgasms and sexual pleasure than women ― a perception that’s shared among men and women.
The same male privilege that pervades in so many areas of our lives — social, economic, institutional, cultural ― plays out in the bedroom, too, Klein told HuffPost.
“I think that people believe men have more of a right to experience an orgasm and that’s rooted in gendered power inequality,” Klein said. “Those masculine cultural ideals that shape the way people think about and have sex are internalized by both women and men.”
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