Some might be inclined to dismiss the recent findings of Red Hot Pie.com’s Great Australian Sex Census as mere novelty.
For instance, is it really imperative that we know farmers have the largest average penis size in Australia or that threesomes are Australia’s number one sexual bucket list item? Probably not.
But what about this? The vast majority of single Aussies are unsatisfied with their sex lives.
According to the census findings, only 22.9 per cent of single Australians claimed they were fulfilled in the bedroom.
Leader of the Australian Sex Party Fiona Patten believes this dissatisfaction may have more to with loneliness than a simple want for nookie.
“Single people have less sex than anyone. But low sexual satisfaction means more than lack of sex. It’s also the lack of intimacy. Everyone needs that connection in their lives,” Ms Patten said.
Married swingers reported the highest sexual satisfaction at over 73 per cent, while those in exclusive marriages claimed only 44 per cent.
“This isn’t just about polygamy. Married swingers are more sexually satisfied because they are more inclined to explore themselves sexually and communicate about sex with their partner,” Ms Patten said.
Overall, it was women who reported greater sexual satisfaction than men.
Author and Sexologist Dr Nikki Goldstein says these results show that modern women are more inclined to "take what they want".
“A lot more women are being very vocal about what they want. Shows like Sex and the City have normalised women’s sexuality. When Charlotte got her rabbit vibrator everyone had to have one. Perhaps men feel they’re owed more than what they’re receiving,” Dr Goldstein said.
Other findings from the survey revealed that 63.7 per cent of hospitality workers surveyed claim to have had sex with a colleague, 45 per cent of Defence and Emergency workers have starred in a sex tape and 30 per cent of Australians have slept with 21 or more people in their lifetime.
It seems in Australia there is definitely sex to be had. So why the dissatisfaction?
Dr Nikki Goldstein says a lot of it has to do with body image and the glamorisation of sex in pornography.
“People look at pornography and say ‘why doesn’t it happen like that?’ They see women having multiple orgasms and men who can last for hours. But it’s all false.”
Fiona Patten says people should be educated about the enjoyment of sex and not simply the dangers or consequences of it.
“This census is important when looking at the developing policy around sexual health and sexual education. If this is what Australians are actually doing and thinking in regards to sex, then why are we prohibiting depictions of that?"
“Why not educate people about how enjoyable sex can be?” Ms Patten said.
To check out more results from the Great Australian Sex Census go to www.redhotpie.com.au.
Source: Our World Today