The Six Reasons People Fake Orgasms, According to Science

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April 25, 2017 9:00 am

In 1993, Seinfeld aired an episode called “The Mango” in which Elaine asks her coworker Renee a simple question: “Have you ever … you know … faked it?” Renee answers: “Yeah, sometimes. Like if we went to a Broadway show, if we had really good seats … if it’s enough already and I just wanna get some sleep.”

Later, Jerry asks Kramer the same question and gets a near identical response, showing that, despite it being somewhat counterintuitive, orgasm faking is a behavior both sexes partake in. And while there’s no way they could have known it at the time, the episode’s writers were correct in their assumption that both women and men are guilty of committing orgasm fraud. A new study by University of Kansas researchers now has cold, hard proof on the matter.

In their examination of the reasons people con each other about climaxing, the researchers found 76% of women reported they’d faked an orgasm, while 41% of men stated the same thing. According to the researchers, there are six principle factors that lead to the act: “feels good,” “for partner,” “not into sex,” “manipulation/power,” “insecurity” and “emotional communication.”

Since our previous knowledge about the topic was taken from a TV show and it actually appears to be a worthwhile area to investigate, clearly more research is needed on the subject, we think.

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