Warning! This post is for adults only ...
There's an old joke in which a fellow complains that he got a sweater for Christmas, when what he'd really wanted was a moaner or a screamer.
Which brings us to today's topic: noise during sex.
If you watch a television show or movie which contains a sex scene*, one of the things you'll notice is that there's a considerable level of noise being made, usually by the woman. Why is this? Other activities can be very pleasurable as well, but we don't usually hear the participants screaming and gasping during, say, an exciting game of gin rummy.
As it happens, other people have investigated this very issue, as you can read in this article by Ian Kerner from last November: Why Some Make So Much Noise During Sex. In the article, Mr Kerner discusses a 2011 study on "copulatory vocalization" conducted by two university researchers, in which 71 sexually active heterosexual women were questioned about the sounds they made during sex. What the researchers found was that many of the noises the women made did not equate to her having an orgasm, but to her attempts to speed up their partner's climax and boost his self-esteem, or to relieve boredom, fatigue, and pain or discomfort during sex. The abstract of the study notes that,
"These data together clearly demonstrate a dissociation of the timing of women experiencing orgasm and making copulatory vocalizations and indicate that there is at least an element of these responses that are under conscious control, providing women with an opportunity to manipulate male behavior to their advantage."
Have a good day. Vocalize to your heart's content.
More thoughts tomorrow.
* That would be just about all of them except A Charlie Brown Christmas.