Sex in Australia: autoerotic, esoteric and other sexual practices engaged in by a representative sample of adults

Richters, Juliet, Grulich, Andrew E, de Visser, Richard O, Smith, Anthony M A and Rissel, Chris E (2003) Sex in Australia: autoerotic, esoteric and other sexual practices engaged in by a representative sample of adults. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 27 (2). pp. 180-190. ISSN 1326-0200

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Abstract

Objectives: To describe the prevalence of a range of autoerotic and other non-coital sexual practices among Australians.

Method: Computer-assisted telephone interviews were completed by a representative sample of 10,173 men and 9,134 women aged 16–59 years (response rate 73.1%). Respondents were asked whether in the past year they had: masturbated, engaged in various other autoerotic activities, or engaged in any of six other non-coital or esoteric practices.

Results: Half of the respondents (65% men, 35% women) had masturbated in the past year. Nearly half (48%) of the men and 25% of the women had masturbated in the past four weeks, among whom men had done so a mean of 5.8 times and women 3.3 times. About a quarter of all respondents had watched an X-rated film (37% men, 16% women), 12% of men and 14% of women had used a sex toy, and 17% of men and 2% of women had visited an Internet sex site. 17% of men and 14% of women had engaged in digital-anal stimulation with a partner. Phone sex, role play or dressing up, bondage and discipline, sadomasochism or dominance and submission (BDSM-DS), fisting (rectal or vaginal, insertive or receptive) and rimming (oral-anal stimulation) were all engaged in by less than 5% of the sample.

Conclusion: Most of the practices studied were engaged in by more men than women. A range of autoerotic activities are both substitutes for partnered sex and additional sources of pleasure for people with sexual partners.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Richard deVisser
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:41
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2012 08:57
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/13899
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