Autoerotic, esoteric and other sexual practices engaged in by a representative sample of adults

Juliet Richters, Andrew E. Grulich, Richard O. De Visser, Anthony M.A. Smith, Chris E. Rissel

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-190
Number of pages11
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

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