Actual and desired duration of foreplay and intercourse: Discordance and misperceptions within heterosexual couples

  title={Actual and desired duration of foreplay and intercourse: Discordance and misperceptions within heterosexual couples},
  author={S. Andrea Miller and E. Sandra Byers},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  pages={301 - 309}
One hundred and fifty‐two heterosexual couples reported their actual and ideal duration of foreplay and intercourse, as well as their perceptions of their partners’ desired duration of foreplay and intercourse. Further, participants reported the duration of foreplay and intercourse that they felt most men and most women wanted. Ideal length of foreplay did not differ for men and women. However, men reported a significantly longer ideal duration of intercourse than did their partners. The ideal… 
Time to deconstruct the concepts of “foreplay” and “intercourse”: the real structure of human sexual encounters
Historically, the study of sexual behavior has been affect­ed by diffuse concepts such as foreplay and coitus; the unreliability of self reports; and Eurocentrism. Here we deal with those problems
Foreplay importance from the point of view of a sample of Egyptian women
This study has the potential to provide alternate ways through which the sexual experience can be enjoyed, as it strongly affects sexual desire, arousal, and orgasm.
The Gender Role Motivation Model of Women’s Sexually Submissive Behavior and Satisfaction in Heterosexual Couples
The authors show there are negative downstream consequences of diminished sexual satisfaction on perceptions of closeness and overall relationship satisfaction for both partners in the relationship.
Women's partnered orgasm consistency is associated with greater duration of penile-vaginal intercourse but not of foreplay.
When both sexual activity categories are examined in tandem on a population level, women's likelihood or consistency of partnered orgasm is associated with penile-vaginal intercourse duration, but not with foreplay duration.
Perceptions of Partner Sexual Satisfaction in Heterosexual Committed Relationships
It is hypothesized that the degree of bias in partner judgments of sexual satisfaction would be associated with quality of sexual communication, and emotion recognition would ameliorate the biases in judgment such that poor communicators with good emotion Recognition would make less biased judgments of partner satisfaction.
“Did You Come?” A Qualitative Exploration of Gender Differences in Beliefs, Experiences, and Concerns Regarding Female Orgasm Occurrence During Heterosexual Sexual Interactions
Men and women tended to maintain different beliefs, however, regarding clitoral stimulation during intercourse, as well as the importance of female orgasm for a woman's sexual satisfaction in a partnered context, which suggest foci for sexual education.
Beyond Lesbian Bed Death: Enhancing Our Understanding of the Sexuality of Sexual-Minority Women in Relationships
The idea that lesbians have sex less frequently than other couple types and that sexual frequency declines rapidly in lesbian relationships is discussed and descriptions of sexual-minority women's sexuality that suggest that genital sexual activity is not important to sexual satisfaction are described.
Slippery desire: Women’s qualitative accounts of their vaginal lubrication and wetness
In the shadows of the cultural obsession with male erections, women’s vaginal lubrication and experiences of wetness have received surprisingly little academic attention. Framed largely as a
Factors Associated with Sexual Satisfaction among Lesbian Women Throughout the Duration of a Long Term Relationship
This study was designed to explore factors contributing to sexual satisfaction among lesbian women in long term romantic relationships throughout the length of the relationship as well as gain
Characteristics of Pornography Film Actors: Self-Report versus Perceptions of College Students
College students provided underestimates for both female and male porn actors on self-esteem, age of first intercourse, lifetime number of partners outside of work, ideal experience in a romantic partner, concerns regarding sexually transmitted diseases, enjoyment of sex, and condom use during a first time sexual encounter.


Sex differences in sexual needs and desires
It is concluded from this study that women are more likely than men to report enjoying both foreplay and afterplay more than intercourse, while men are morelikely to report Enjoying intercourse.
Initiation and response: The dynamics of sexual interaction
This study examines the extent to which men and women feel comfortable exercising two traditional forms of sexual power, proactive and reactive power. “Proactive power” is defined here as the ability
Interpersonal communication and sexual adjustment: the roles of understanding and agreement.
Results indicated that sexual satisfaction in both partners was associated with men's understanding of their partner's preferences and agreement between their preferences, and the influential role of men'sUnderstanding was supported by hierarchical regression, convergent and discriminant evidence, and multiple regression models.
Differences in men's and women's GLOBAL, SEXUAL, and IDEAL-SEXUAL expressiveness and instrumentality
It has been argued that young men's and women's behavior in heterosexual sexual situations follows traditional, culturally defined gender role prescriptions, and alternatively, that expectations have
Premature or Rapid Ejaculation: Heterosexual Couples' Perceptions of Men's Ejaculatory Behavior
It is suggested that the timing of ejaculation adversely affects sexual satisfaction but not overall relationship and personal functioning, and men and women who identified the man as having an RE problem rated RE as having only a slightly negative impact on their own or their partners functioning.
The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States
This survey of sexual practices in the United States has been combed by the media for items of interest to the public: monogamous sex is much more widespread in this country than has been thought;
Age and gender differences in sexual behavior preferences: a follow-up report.
Gender differences that were replicated included women's stronger preferences for romantic foreplay and men's greater erotophilia and preferences for using erotica and combining alcohol and drug use with sex.
Estimating the duration of sexual behavior: A laboratory analog study
  • E. Levitt
  • Psychology
    Archives of sexual behavior
  • 1983
It is suggested that the mean young adult male orgasm latency is probably in the range of 2–3 minutes, and married subjects tended to regard both time periods as above average, compared to single subjects.
Sexual satisfaction in long-term heterosexual relationships: The interpersonal exchange model of sexual satisfaction
This study examined the validity of the Interpersonal Exchange Model of Sexual Satisfaction (IEMSS) in long-term, heterosexual sexual relationships. The IEMSS proposes that sexual satisfaction
Sexual satisfaction and sexual self‐disclosure within dating relationships
This study examined dating individuals' self‐disclosure about their sexual likes and dislikes to their partner. Forty‐seven college men and 52 college women in a dating relationship of 3 to 36 months