The Masturbation Gap--What Women Can Learn from Men's Masturbation Habits

Recently, I conducted a study in collaboration with Good in Bed on penis perceptions. Though the study covered a wide range of penis-related subjects--including size, self-image, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation--I found particularly interesting the statistics that highlighted a masturbation gap between men and women.

Specifically, 25 percent of male respondents reported masturbating almost every day, compared to 8.7 percent of women. Even when reporting less frequent masturbatory behavior, male respondents reported masturbating at a higher rate than female respondents, with just 24 percent of women masturbating two to three times a week, versus 35 percent of men. These results are consistent with nationally representative findings reported in the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB), conducted by researchers at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University. According to NSSHB results, men of all ages were more likely than womento report having masturbated alone in the past year, and men 18 and over were more likely than women to report having masturbated with a partner.

What's behind this gender gap, and what might women learn from men's greater propensity toward masturbation?


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