What is sex? Stupid question? Apparently not. A recent study from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University revisited this question – which they first asked participants in 1999 during the presidential sex scandal – and found that people’s definitions didn’t quite match up.
Back in 1999, for example, college students disagreed on whether oral sex was actually sex. This time around, researchers made the study even more detailed and more comprehensive and found the results were subsequently even more confusing. “Throwing the net wider, with a more representative sample, only made it more confusing and more complicated,” said research associate Brandon Hill. “People were even less consistent across the board. A surprising number of older men did not consider penile-vaginal intercourse to be sex”
Say what now? Let’s repeat that line: “A surprising number of older men did not consider penile-vaginal intercourse to be sex.” Um, ok. What is penile-vaginal intercourse then?
Here’s some of the results of the survey, which was conducted via telephone and included 486 Indiana residents:
* 95 percent said penile-vaginal intercourse is sex. However, only 77 percent of men ages 65 and older would define it as such.
* 81 percent said penile-anal intercourse is sex. This drops to 77 percent for men ages 18-29.
* 72 percent say oral sex is sex.