A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine proves that we were right all along. Sometimes you need to have a study conducted to state the obvious—just to stand as certifiable proof. Now that proof is here, backed up by the medical literature, not only our brains.
Researchers found that lesbians report a higher frequency of orgasm than straight women.
Originally, data was collected for 6,151 single men and women, ages 21 to 65-plus years. The analyses, however, were based on a subsample of 2,850 singles (1,497 men and 1,353 women) that had had sex in the past 12 months. People had to report their gender, self-identified orientation—heterosexual, gay/lesbian, bisexual—and what percentage of the time they had an orgasm during sex with a familiar partner.
The results were very interesting, to say the least.
Responses from the male participants were similar regardless of sexual orientation: heterosexual men reported an 85.5 percent orgasm rate, gay men 84.7 percent and bisexual men 77.6 percent.
This relative similarity was not the case with the female participants. Apparently, we wanted to leave our mark on this study. Heterosexual women reported orgasming 61.6 percent of the time and bisexual women reported just 58 percent. Of all the women studied, lesbians had the highest rate of orgasms at 74.7 percent.
As a woman who once identified as straight, I heartily concur with these study observations. I think there’s a major difference between sleeping with someone who has foreign organs and sleeping with someone who is just like you. We know what we like. Also, women are more hormonal. And hormones plus hormones equal an explosion of…something.
Not to mention, women have better bodies. All of us. Whatever we look like. We’re just prettier. (Said the lesbian.)
What are orgasms, really?
They’re the pinnacle of excitement, the euphoria, the celebration of reaching the top of a beautiful peak. Sometimes it can happen with a stranger. Uninhibited, energetic, free. And sometimes it’s with the familiar loveliness of your best friend.
Anyway, everyone loves orgasms. If you don’t know if you’ve had one—trust me, you haven’t. So let’s talk about lesbians, who seem to have some knowledge on the topic.
Yes, we lesbians may U-Haul. But that’s because we’re passionate. Although we may or may not shave our legs, and might say “screw you” to gender roles, we still know that we’re beautiful. And beauty and passion seem to be the heart of sex—and, inevitably, orgasms. —Teresa Ricciardi