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Who Is Doing Anal Play and Why?

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Drawing from findings of a survey conducted by Dr. Leanna Wolfe and funded by Avid Media, the owner of the Ashley Madison website, recent trends towards increased openness about anal sex are dissected. Ultimately an interest in anal play among married heterosexuals is not a significant motivator towards cheating. Non-kink identified respondents engaged in anal pleasuring on average a couple of times a year.

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Who Is Doing Anal Play and Why?

  1. 1. Leanna Wolfe, Ph.D. Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality Presentation to: Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality April 22, 2012
  2. 2.  Internet Survey - “Sex and Relationship Happiness Survey”  Survey Monkey Software  August 23, 2010 - May 8, 2011  Avid Media: March 31 – May 8, 2011  6970 – Total Respondents  79% Completed Survey (n. 5508) › 86.8% Ashley Madison (n. 4,785) › 10.2% Other Sources (n. 957)  Dr. Leanna Wolfe, Facebook, Twitter, Ask Isadora, SSSS List, Poly Lists › 3% Kink Sources (n. 166)  Fet Life & Pucker Up  Sponsored by Avid Media  Ashley Madison, Cougar Life, Swappernet, Established Men IRB: Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality
  3. 3.  People Who Engage Sexual Topics on the Internet Males 63.4% n. 3629 Females 36.3% n. 2082 Transgender .3% n. 17
  4. 4.  Age: 40-59  94.4% Heterosexual  77.6 % Married › Average: 20 - 25 years (16.3 %) › 46% between 14 - 30 years  50.4% not happy in current relationship  61.2% have one or more outside lovers
  5. 5.  Age: 35 – 49  84.8% Heterosexual /12. 4% Bisexual  69.3% Married › Average 20 - 25 years (11.9%) › 32.9 % between 14 - 30 years  59.8% not happy in current relationship  64.6% have one or more outside lovers
  6. 6.  Anal Intercourse  Finger insertion  Anilingus (tongue stimulation)  Insertion of a Butt/Anal Plug  Vibrator Insertion  Penetration with Dildo/Strap On  Fisting
  7. 7. The Greeks, 510 BC
  8. 8. Les Sonnetts Luxurieux (1892) de Pietro Aretino By French Painter Edouard-Henri (Paul) Avril
  9. 9. The Romans Hadrian (penetrator) and Antinous (receiver)
  10. 10. The Japanese (16th c. Shunga Print)
  11. 11. Contemporary Heterosexuals
  12. 12. Contemporary Lesbians
  13. 13. Heterosexuals  1992 (Center for Disease Control) › 26% Men; 20% Women  2005 (Center for Disease Control) › 40% Men; 35% Women Gay Men  8% (1914, Magnus Hirschfeld)  15% (1950s, British Study)  80% (1994, Laumann)
  14. 14.  All Males – 43.9% (n. 1963)  All Females – 54.1% (n. 1077)  Transgenders – 82.4% (n. 14)  Modal Males – 43.7% (n. 902)  Modal Females – 56.2% (n. 635)  Younger (18-34) – 49.2% (n. 626) › 28% of respondents 18-22 do it to avoid pregnancy  Mid-Life (35-49) – 49.9% (n. 1407)  Older (50-80+) – 41.9% (n. 589)
  15. 15. Yes Open to try No 36.8 28.1 35.1 35.6 11.9 52.5 35.4 24.3 40.3 33.5 23.5 43 Total Ashley Madison Modal Females Modal Males
  16. 16.  Heterosexual Anal Play is on the Rise › 50% of those under 44 participate › Caucasians, Hispanics and Mixed Ethnicities most likely to engage  Finger Penetration & Anal Intercourse Most common  Exciting most picked reason › “Hot” and “Very Intimate” picked by Kinky people  Frequency › 50% do it several times/year or rarely › 65% of Kinky people do it at least monthly  Extra-pair reasons › Explore with new lover - 59% › Home partner not interested – 57%

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