Thursday, April 20, 2006

Foreplay is more important in Austria than in Japan

Austrians are like happy friendly Bonobos. Austrians generally enjoy their sex.

Bonobo chimps are female-led and egalitarian.

They go in for sex rather than aggression.

For the bonobo sex is not just between males and females.

Bonobos engage in sex in virtually every partner combination - young with old, male with male, female with female, male with female.

A female bonobo gives birth to a single infant at intervals of between five and six years.

The bonobo shares more than 98 percent of our genetic profile.

More on Bonobos at


A study by the Archives of Sexual Behavior ranks 29 countries in order of sexual satisfaction among 40-to-80-year-olds.

The countries included China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, South Africa, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Israel, the United States and most of western Europe.


1. Austria: 71.4 percent satisfied with their sex lives.
2. Spain: 69%.
3. Canada: 66.1%.
4. Belgium: 64.6%.
5. United States: 64.2%. (Not all Americans are the same)

Satisfaction levels among couples in Algeria, Egypt and Turkey were roughly midway between the West and the Orient.


25. Thailand: 35.9%.
26. China: 34.8%.
27. Indonesia: 33.9%.
28. Taiwan: 28.6%.
29. Japan: 25.7%.

In Austria, men and women are more equal. In Japan, men are more likely to be the bosses.

Cultures with relationships based on equality offer more satisfaction for both genders.

Sociologist Edward Laumann says male-centered societies often discount sexual pleasure for women.

Laumann, a sociology professor at the University of Chicago, says: "Women are very sensitive to the quality of a relationship and when those things aren't in good order they're not interested. It's a way of regulating (pregnancy) and protecting the children."

Another reason for lower levels of sexual satisfaction among women is a lack of foreplay, which is particularly problematic in male-dominated cultures in Asia and the Middle East, Laumann said.

"On entry it takes four minutes (for men) to ejaculate on average. Women need 11 minutes. That's why foreplay is so important," he said.

"In 75% of the cases the men report always having an orgasm. With women only 26% say they always have one, although 45% of men believe their partners always have an orgasm."


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