Top 10 Sex Myths

Thursday, November 06, 2008
Are men more promiscuous than women? Is semen low-carb? Do Black men have bigger penises? Forget what you’ve heard, we’re about to separate frisky fact from fiction and put some sex myths to bed.

10. Men are more promiscuous than women.

False. Shocking to some women as it may be, a study published in The Journal of Sex Research that was conducted by Terri Fisher, an associate professor of psychology at Ohio State University’s Mansfield campus, and Michele Alexander, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Maine, suggests that women may be just as promiscuous as men - they’re just not as open and honest about it. According to many surveys, men more often than not report engaging in sex at an earlier age and claim they have more sexual partners than women do. Fisher says, “Women (on the other hand) are more sensitive to social expectations for their sexual behavior and may be less than totally honest when asked about their behavior in some survey conditions.”

9. Women don’t like porn.

False. A 2006 study carried out by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis measured brainwave activity of men and women as they viewed both erotic and non-erotic images and found that the female participant’s responses to pictures of partially clad couples posing seductively were similar to their male counterparts, proving that women like porn pics too.

8. Drinking pineapple juice can make your semen taste better.

True, but there is no guarantee. While semen is considered scientifically neutral as it has a pH of 7.2 to 8.0 and is largely composed of fructose (sugar), many women complain that the taste of it is bitter and salty. This is largely because of what the man eats. Sperm is affected by what you eat, just like all secretions of the body. Many women have reported their man’s semen tasting better when they consume fruits that are high in natural sugars such as pineapple, papaya, cranberry, melons, mangos, apples and grapes, which offset the bitter taste.

7. You can become addicted to web porn.

True, but the risk is low. reports that “only 1 percent of all people who check out internet porn will become addicted, but adds if you’re sporting a ring, be careful: 38 percent of addicts are married.”

6. Men think about sex every seven seconds.

False. According to the Kinsey Institute, 54 percent of men think about sex every day or several times a day, 43 percent a few times per month or per week and 4 percent less than once a month. On a side note, the Kinsey Institute also reported that 19 percent of women think about sex every day or several times a day, 67 percent a few times per month or a few times per week and 14 percent less than once a month.

5. Men reach their sexual peak at 18 and women reach theirs at 28.

True, to a certain extent. In regards to sexual hormones, a man’s testosterone peaks at age 18 and a woman’s estrogen in her mid to late 20s. “But peak hormones don’t mean peak sexual performance,” says Marc Goldstein, M.D., a professor of reproductive medicine and urology at Cornell University‘s Weill Medical College.

4. Semen is low-carb.

False. Semen is largely composed of fructose (sugar) and enzymes, so sticking to an oral sex-only diet in order to fit into that bikini is probably not a good idea this summer.

3. Most women orgasm through intercourse alone.

False. Sure, the penis is enough to get some girls off, but according to Dr. Elisabeth A. Lloyd, a philosopher of science and professor at Indiana University and author of “The Case of the Female Orgasm: Bias in the Science of Evolution,” only a small percentage of women experience orgasms often or very often during sexual intercourse. Stimulating the clitoris during intercourse greatly increases the chance of orgasm, due to the simple fact that the sole function of the clitoris is to induce sexual pleasure.

2. Black men have bigger penises.

True, according to a study mentioned by contributor Tracey Cox. The study, she says, states not only are Black guys’ penises bigger, but they’re thicker too. The study revealed the following stats: Asian men were smallest, averaging four inches to five and a half inches, Caucasians came next with six inches and the penises of Black men reportedly measured six and a half to eight inches long.

1. Green M&Ms make you horny.

False, unless they do. Then that’s totally awesome.


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