An Indiana University sex study published today shows that the phrase "having sex" means different things to different people. And it's not so much your definition of "is," but whether you think an act is actually sex or not. And based on that study, the definition of sex is broader than some people think.
The sex study at Indiana University consisted of a national survey conducted by a team of researchers. During the survey, they found that participants reported engaging in more than 40 combinations of acts during recent sexual encounters.
The Indianapolis Star quoted Logan Levkoff, a New York-based sexologist commenting on the sex study, as saying, "Sex isn't a one-size-fits-all definition." The Indiana University study appears today in the Journal of Sexual Medicine under the title "National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior."
"Our main point is that sex is more than just vaginal intercourse. While it does appear to be the most common behavior... many people are being diverse in their sexual lives," said Michael Reece, director of Indiana University's Center for Sexual Health Promotion and an author of the study.
The sex study from Indiana University demonstrates how complex human sexual behavior is, which is important to health care professionals. Asking whether their patients are sexually active is far too vague a question based on the study's findings.
The Indiana University sex study also highlighted condom usage. The younger the respondent, the more likely they were to use condoms. This indicates the success of safer-sex education for younger adults but also highlights the need for older Americans to understand and respect the risks of unprotected sex.
The sex study from Indiana University also said that people who use condoms enjoyed the sex they had just as much as the people who didn't, so any excuses about how they ruin the experience really need to be hung out to dry.
And for those who may wonder how many people are gay or bisexual, the sex study from Indiana University did poll respondents as to how they identify. Seven percent of women and 8 percent of men identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. However, the study indicates that the number of people who have had same-sex encounters during their sexual lifetimes is higher. This shows also that the impact of anti-gay legislation is broader than its proponents want to think.
The Indiana University sex study shows that humanity is more diverse than we often assume. And despite all attempts by the Religious Right to confuse the issues, the reality remains that people have sex with whomever they wish and define it the way they want to. Legislating morality is clearly impossible when what some think is moral runs headlong into what people will do regardless of that.
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