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Title Houston Breakthrough, Vol. 1, No. 9, December 1976
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Transcript So much for faking it Women express sexual honest/ 11 How have most men had sex with you?" — "In and out." — "Small amount of foreplay, then intercourse till he comes, The End." — "How most men have tried to have sex with me can be summed up as Insert A into B. Dulldulldulldull." — The Hite Report By Suzanne Gray Show? Mile discovered thai our whole society's definition ol sex is sexisl I his discovery published as I he I lite Report c:ame after four years ol research and came from the responses of over t,(MM) anonymous women, ages 14 to 78, to a questionnaire on female sexuality Almost nine* -tenths of the book is made up of direct cjuotes I he women reported that sex generally followed the reproductive patterns "loreplay" followed by "penetration" «md "intercourse" (thrusting) followed by orgasm (especially male orgasm) which is then defined as "The I nd" of sex Hite maintains this definition is cultural not biological Speaking with the* same honesty and openness that charac teri/es the responses m her book, Hite told Breakthrough— "It is not female sexuality that has a problem but rather society that has a problem in its definition of sex and the sub ordinate role that definition gives women." Clitoral stimulation is central to women's sexuality, asserts Hite So she framed one ques tion for her survey that most professional sex researchers have not asked: Do you regularly achieve orgasm during intercourse without direct massaging of the clitoris? Only 2(>% said yes. One woman responded "/ went along for J4 years carrying the burden of not having vaginal orgasms, never telling anyone because I felt something was wrong with me—/ thought I was frigid." "As you know, it was Trend who declared that only an orgasm during intercourse1 could be considered a mature' orgasm/' says Hite. "Although this is ridiculous, as biology has now shown, the prejudice still lingers on." Hite credits sex therapists Masters and Johnson for establishing that all orgasms are caused by clitoral stimulation But she harshly criticizes them for using only women with a previous history of orgasm through intercourse in their research and for assuming that women should receive enough indirect clitoral stimulation through intercourse alone. Ihe inability of many women to climax was labeled "coital orgasmic inadequacy" or "elys function " Hite found what the team of Masters and Johnson labeled as a failure for most women is in fact a normal response to inadequate stimula lion I hese early findings made women think of themselves as strange or different Ihe fact that I cannot come during intercourse must mean thai I do not like it, or have a shame or fear of it, even though I think I like it/' wrote one woman. //?e / lite Report reveals that most women know how to have orgasms whenever they desire — 82% of the respondents said they masturbated and, of thosc\ ')!>% could have orgasms easily t\\u\ regularly through masturbation Hite feels the4 stereotype thai says it is more difficult for a Author SHERE HITE |l.| with NANCY AMES listening to a call-in question on Ames' KPRC-TV show. they should also leol free to use* Ihe knowledge they have gained about their bodies while they are having sex with others I he4 report says women have been so convinced by our oil ture that orgasm during peno tr«ition is the right way to experience4 sex that they often wont admit what they really want out ol embarrassment, fear of rejection or fear of being thought abnormal. Some When asked about the sexual revolution, Hite replied, "Ihe so-called sexual revolution is overrated insofar as what it did for women It did not give women freedom to explore their own sexuality, but only put pressure on them to have more sex that is, intercourse' Women now hardly have the right to say 'no' to a man without giving an explanation. So, while* most women in my " I hese answers were* more than I oyer hoped for™ long, personal letters from women of all backgrounds mmI points of view, full of beautifully written, moving descriptions of their feelings, and things they had experienced Of course, the replies we*re* all anonymous, so I have ne*ve*r met any of the* women; as much as I wanted to write to some* of them, it was\ never possible*, and the whole exchange has remained «ui anonymous anel powerful, deep communication, almost a soul to soul communication, from the* women who answe*re*d to all the* women of the* worlel Re*creiving the*se* replies was one* of the* most emotionally fulfilling e*xpe*ne*ne e*s of my e»ntire* life* — and it is this I want to share* with other women who read the* book." —Conversation with Shere I lite* November 15. Y)7U woman to have* orgasms than a man is not true*. "Our society's insistence on a certain way for women to climax (only through intercourse) de*prive*s women of orgasms and re*sults in the*ir being defined as 'dysfunctional.' " Men "make* the*ir own orgasms" during sex, as the*y mewe around during intercourse* and set*k the*ir own stimulation. Women should fc»el fret* to do this too, the* re»pe>rt says. And Hite, currently director of the \ eminist Sexuality Project, is now distributing similarly explicit and provocative questionnaires to men in order to better understand how men feel about sex and their own male sexuality. The January issue of Houston Breakthrough will carry the* complete* questionnaire. women also saiel the*y we*re afraid of hurting the* e*gos of the*ir male* partners if they were* honest enough to admit the*y were* le*ft unsatisfie*d by se*x. "Ihe* pre*ssure* on women to orgasm during inte*reourse* is so gre*at that an enormous number of women fake* orgasms —some* infrequently, most "sometimes," but some* women said the*y do it e*ve*ry single* time*, says Hite* 7 always fake them— because I never have them." "Definitely—some* men want to fuck me till I come or drop dead." 7 never needed to fake—no man ever noticed I didn't come." study be*he*ve*d that the* incroas- e*d openness about sex is good, t\\u\ that se*x should not be hielele*n or considered elirty, the*y did not like* the increased pros- sure* on them to have* se*x, anel the* concurrent cheapening of se*xual relations." In their re*sponse*s, the women in the* surve*y called again anel again for more* touch- ing, more kissing, more* tendcr- ne*ss t\nd me>re* physical closeness. I he* re*[M>rt also calls for <m acceptance of a "spectrum" of se*xuality, re*eogni/e*el by Kin sey, \n which hete*rose*xuality, hisexuality, t\nd homosexuality are* all re*garele*d as normal Hite* be*lie*ve*s that women who re*ad he*r book will gain enormous assurance* anel a fe*e*l ing of solidarity th.it they are* neither alone nor different if they do not orgasm through tra ditionally defined intercourse She urges women to assume1 responsibility for their own satisfaction, oxpoe ting a man to be* in charge* ol both his ,\nd his partner's orgasms is an unrealistic burden on him. In fact, I lite wanted to call her book Di.iiui Rising. Ihe* Roman de*ity Diana was self sufficient e*vc*n though she* had se*ve*ral relationships with men anel Hite* encourages women to be more like Diana Hite* be*lie*ve*s that anonymity is the* key to the* success of this ami future* stuclie*s "because being anonymous moans being free* Women had ne*ver had a chance* before to talk, share, find out what other women we*re* feeling ()ve*r and over women expressed a re*al ne*eel for uneler standing the whole* «ire*a of sexual relations I ven your best friends don't tell you such things If I had done* the* surve*y the* way Kinse*y did--lace to face— I am convinced I ne*ve*r would have* gotten the same* results." She* also believes that many women who would ne*ve*r dis cuss personal problems or ye*arnings with a friend, profos sional therapist, or join a CM group will be* able* to read the* hook privately find benefit as this woman did: 7 iricd when I first read through this. I here is so m//c /) I've lied about for so long; I'd already come to understand that, but wanted to fill out the (questionnaire to make myself write it all down. Undoubtedly, you will have hclfycd many women in jusl this way, and publication oi the results will roach many more who, as I did, will read the truth they touldn't tell themselves. " HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH - DECEMBER 1976 PAGE 4