A leading blog on the science of sex, love, and relationships, written by social psychologist Dr. Justin Lehmiller. How many women have had anal sex? Is it possible for a woman to enjoy it and even orgasm from it?
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Social fallacies about anal sex are ubiquitous; however, the greatest misconception of all is probably just who is, ahem, partaking in this great American pastime. According to the results of a new study on the anal sex habits of women published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, over a third of women surveyed between the ages of 14 and 44 reported having tried anal sex in their lifetime, but just The study also found that anal sex was equally common across the racial and ethnic spectrum, although it was more regular amongst women who were married or living with their partners.
I was in high school when Sex and the City premiered, and like many women of my generation and the generations that followed, that show taught me a lot about sex. I knew that gay men engaged in it, but I held on to some pretty old-school notions when it came to why straight women would do it. Whoever heard of Mrs. Up-the-Butt might reside.
What a journey our attitudes towards anal sex have taken over the last few years. From Drake and the butt-eating conundrum, to scientific celebrations of big booties , to pegging on Broad City , to twerking , to Kim Kardashian's epic shiny rump on the cover of Paper Magazine , it's no question that all things ass-related have taken on a mainstream edge. Pop-culture acolytes proclaimed the "Year of the Booty," which heralded a deluge of think pieces about the portrayal of butt sex on mainstream television shows like The Mindy Project and articles assessing the erotic potential of the anus. It's now ascended to a cushy place in pop culture where it's become much less shocking to talk about and engage in the act of anal sex. Data from PornHub reveals that from to , search volume for anal sex videos skyrocketed by percent. But it's not just virtual fantasies that are increasing. People are also having anal sex more regularly. A survey of over 3, sexually active millennials shows that 35 percent of women and 15 percent of men are engaging in anal sex "at least some of the time. Don't get me wrong—anal is still a major taboo in America.