Study: Men, Lesbians More Likely to Have Orgasms

Originally published on *U.S. News & World Report
Written by Randy Dotinga

When it comes to achieving orgasms during sex with a regular partner, straight women still lag behind men and lesbian women, a new study suggests.

Using surveys of single people, the Kinsey Institute research suggests that men — straight or gay — climax about 85 percent of the time during sex, while lesbians do so about 75 percent of the time. Straight females placed third, achieving orgasm during about 63 percent of sexual encounters.

Why the discrepancies? Basic anatomy and gaps in communication between partners may be key, the study authors said.

“We need to take seriously the wide variety of factors that may influence sexual outcomes, including orgasm, in individuals and couples,” said study lead author Justin Garcia, an assistant professor of gender studies at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University, in Bloomington.

The findings aren’t definitive, he stressed, because they’re based only on people’s recollections about recent sexual encounters with familiar sex partners.

Still, the study does offer new insight into sexuality, Garcia believes. “In their 1966 treatise, Masters & Johnson suggested that lesbian women have more orgasms than heterosexual women,” he said. “Yet there have not been many studies that have taken a careful look at orgasm outcomes across sexual orientation categories. We attempt to fill this knowledge gap.”

To do so, the new study analyzed the results of an Internet-based survey of 2,850 single American adults age 21 or older — almost 1,500 men and 1,350 women. The survey had higher numbers of gays and bisexuals than the American population because the researchers wanted to fully represent their experiences.

All the participants reported having sex with someone else over the past year, and each answered a question about the percentage of the time that they had an orgasm during sex with a familiar partner over the past 12 months.

The difference in orgasm rates between straight and lesbian women was significant, and the reasons why aren’t clear. Study co-author Elisabeth Lloyd, chair of history and philosophy of science at Indiana University, said it may have something to do with the fact that penetrative intercourse is a more crucial part of sex for straight women than for lesbians.

The anatomy of women — especially the difference between the clitoris and the urinary opening — is crucial to the likelihood that a woman will have an orgasm through intercourse, she said.

Still, better communication between heterosexual partners couldn’t hurt, the researchers added.

“The most successful means of increasing satisfaction has always been increased communication and attentiveness to the partner’s responsiveness,” Lloyd said. In other words, talk and pay attention.

Garcia agreed. He said partners of all types can help women reach orgasm by paying attention to “both spoken and unspoken communication.”

“Some individuals may say what they want, or be willing to state what they want if asked by a partner; others may communicate with body language,” Garcia said. “And for others it may take getting to know each other, both in and out of the bedroom, to understand what allows them to experience positive sexual outcomes.”

And does all this mean that lesbians are more sexually satisfied than straight women? Not necessarily, the researchers sad.

“Satisfaction is different from orgasm — many women can be sexually satisfied without orgasm,” Lloyd said. “We can’t infer that there are legions of unsatisfied heterosexual women because of this study. We’d have to ask them.”

The study appears online Aug. 18 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

More information

For more about female orgasms, visit The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.

‘Drag Race’ Girls Star In First Starbucks LGBT Commercial

*Originally posted on Huffington Post

By James Nichols

Well here’s one place we certainly didn’t think we’d see the “RuPaul’s Drag Race Girls” pop up.

Starbucks released what is reportedly its very first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)-themed commercial this week starring the top two contestants from “Drag Race” season six: Adore Delano and Bianca Del Rio. The commercial is cheeky, fun and a little bit silly, but it’s nice to see these two gaining some more mainstream traction.

Starbucks has long been an ally to the queer community. Not only did the organization raise a Pride flag over its Seattle headquarters earlier this year, but the company’s CEO famously told an anti-gay shareholder that he was free to “sell [his] shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company” if he had a problem with the company’s pro-gay values.

Ask jessica: Exploring the Idea of Pursuing a Woman Sexually

Hi jessica,

Lately I have found myself attracted to other women and thinking about the possibility of exploring. Is this normal?

-Adrianne, Miami, FL


Hi Adrianne,

What you are feeling is perfectly natural. Many women are attracted to other women at one time or another, whether it’s casually in passing, actively fantasizing about the same sex, or acting on it. Our sexuality is constantly changing over time with personal growth and new experiences. If you are curious about having sex with a woman, you can use “Guide to Wicked Sex: Woman to Woman” as a way to explore that. Straight, bi, lesbian – we’re not trying to classify here, but simply guide you on your way to an amazing, sensual experience with another woman.

Often, your first sexual encounter isn’t even comprised of what we would call “sex”, but more of an exploration of bodies. The sensation of being completely caught up in the moment – suspended in time – is what many of us spend our adult lives trying to replicate. It’s true; you never forget your first.

You want to be with a woman. You’re ready, but you don’t know where to begin. This could seem like your biggest challenge. Personally, I prefer the more direct approach, but you ultimately need to decide what works best for you and makes you feel most comfortable.

Though in “Guide to Wicked Sex,” I start with foreplay, warm up, and go further, this is by no means linear. You don’t have to do things in order or encompass everything you learn here into your first encounter… or any one after that. You will find what you love, and depending on your partner, you will discover her turn-ons as well. Communication really comes into play here; if you love something, be appreciative and lavish praise. And if you’re not into something, it’s up to you to get that message across as well, but do it in a way that isn’t hurtful – encourage a different activity in it’s place instead.

For more information and a guide to your first sexual experience with another female, check out jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Woman to Woman.



‘jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex’ Receives 2 Nominations for 2014 XBIZ Awards

Sex Educator’s ‘Anal Play for Men’ & ‘Woman to Woman’ Instructional Videos Earn Recognition for ‘Specialty Release’ Award!

NOVEMBER 26, 2012 — LOS ANGELES, CA — Two titles from acclaimed educational series jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex receive Specialty Release of the Year nominations for the 2014 XBIZ Awards. Sexual wellness authority jessica drake wrote, directed, and hosted jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Anal Play for Men and jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Woman to Woman, which are recognized by XBIZ for promoting healthy sexuality.


The 2014 XBIZ Awards will be held at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California on Friday, January 24.


“I’m so honored that XBIZ recognized my Guide to Wicked Sex series with multiple nominations again this year,” says Wicked Pictures contract performer jessica drake. “Both titles came about after getting feedback from my seminars and radio show. When doing my Anal Sex seminars, I have both women AND men approaching me to ask about prostate play and anal toys for men who are curious, and it made me appreciate that there are many couples eager to try it. Anal Play for Men is a direct response to every one of those questions, and I also hope it’s helpful in breaking down the societal taboos around the topic.”


jessica continues, “Woman to Woman is special to me because I WAS that girl once upon a time. I was attracted to a woman, but I had no idea how to act on my desire. I created this one as a resource for curious women of all types who want to explore a same-sex adventure, and my cast of women who love women could NOT have been better. We captured some of the most authentic chemistry on camera I’ve ever seen. I’m so happy that everyone loves it as much as I do.”


“Being recognized by the industry for my work in sex-positive outreach is extremely humbling,” adds jessica. “Thank you so much, XBIZ, for these nominations, and as always, I’m grateful to Wicked for the support, encouragement, and the opportunity to create this line.”


Wicked Pictures owner Steve Orenstein states, “I’m very happy to see jessica’s educational titles continue to garner nominations and win awards. As a sex-positive and couples-centric product, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex is a very important line for Wicked, and the orders and reorders for her titles are a testament to its popularity and accessibility to the public. We’re thrilled to support jessica’s efforts to continue to educate couples on how to have safe, exciting sex through this line, and are extremely proud of her nominations under our brand.”


The series’ popular volume jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Anal earned the 2012 XBIZ Award for Specialty Release of the Year.


Each volume of jessica drake’s Guide To Wicked Sex showcases a different aspect of human sexuality as jessica touches on subjects ranging from Fellatio and Anal to Basic Positions and Female Masturbation. She explores each one with the same distinct blend of knowledge, experience and good humor that has led Gawker Media’s Fleshbot to laud her for bringing a “sexy, articulate and professional” new voice to the sexual self-help genre.


The 2013 XBIZ Awards will take place Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. For more information about the 2014 XBIZ Awards, visit

jessica drake’s Exciting Month Concludes with Release of ‘Guide to Wicked Sex: Woman to Woman’

Emerging Sexual Wellness Educator’s New DVD is a Resource for Women Featuring Sinn Sage, Elexis Monroe, Allie Haze, Selena Jensen, Sovereign Syre and Chastity Lynn
LOS ANGELES, CA – (May 29, 2013) – Emerging sexual wellness authority jessica drake is concluding a month of well-received speaking engagements and public appearances with the release of “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Woman to Woman.” Now in stores, this informative DVD finds the charismatic writer, performer, director, producer and host introducing techniques women can use to explore intimacy with the same sex.
For Ms. drake, “Woman to Woman” represents both a labor of love and, in her words, “a very, very personal endeavor.” She candidly reveals that “as a woman who loves women, it was very important to me that I showcase the realism, chemistry and passion between women. We cast aside labels and created a resource for women. As always, my amazing performers really helped make the project what it is. Sinn Sage, Elexis Monroe, Allie Haze, Selena Jensen, Sovereign Syre, and Chastity Lynn were incredible with their candid interviews and demos, and then proceeded to give me some of the most authentic sexual chemistry on-screen I’ve ever seen.”
Using her trademark warmth and delicate humor, jessica delivers solid advice that’s certain to please audience members whether they are simply experimenting, acting on their deepest desires or looking to make great sex with another woman happen on a regular basis. “I think that ‘Woman to Woman’ is a great way to help guide women along their path of sexual exploration. My only regret – and my catalyst for creating it – is that it didn’t exist when I needed it!”
“jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex” has received positive reviews from adult industry authorities including XBIZ, AVN, and The production “jessica drake’s Guide Wicked Sex: Anal” received the 2012 XBIZ award for Specialty Release of the Year, and “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Fellatio” received the AVN Award for Best Educational Release in 2012.
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About jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Three-time AVN Best Actress winner and sexual wellness authority jessica drake brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars in her “Guide to Wicked Sex” series. The stimulating sequences are sensual, provocative and enlivened by an informative optional audio commentary. In each volume of “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” writer, producer, director, and host jessica drake addresses a different aspect of human sexuality, ranging from Fellatio and Anal to Basic Positions and Female Masturbation. jessica explores each one with the same distinct blend of knowledge, experience and good humor that inspired Dee Dennis, founder of the sexuality conference CatalystCon, to praise her as “an amazing sex educator and speaker, who represents a new direction, and is breaking new ground” in the sexual self-help genre.
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Woman to Woman

The end of 2012 is quickly approaching and in the midst of the holidays, I’m planning the next two editions of “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex” – two topics that are completely different from each other. When I originally started to brainstorm the series, I mapped out the first two years’ worth of subject matter, but in time, I found my attention shifting instead to the feedback I was getting from the people who attended my seminars, called into my radio show, and tweeted me looking for advice or ideas. “Anal Play for Men,” the most recent release in the line, was in direct response to many requests. My viewers inspire me and guide me much in the same way I hope I’m doing for them.

It seems now there are more bi-curious women seeking out information than ever before on how to take the plunge and explore a same sex adventure, whether it’s a one time thing or the start of something more. “Woman to Woman” will be the next installation in the series, and I am in the process of casting some of the most sensual women who have an insatiable appetite for female flesh.

From the standpoint of a woman who has been in relationships with women, it’s important to me to capture the true dynamic of girl/girl sex. The chemistry. The passion. The little things women do to each other so well. From the standpoint of a performer who has done scenes with both types of women – the type who are into girls and the type who are strictly acting – it’s important to me to portray only the most genuine exchange between partners. Realism is my priority.

My cast list is open on my desktop right now, and as my wish list grows, so does my excitement to bring you a truly beautiful, candid guide to loving women… for a woman.

Coming soon- Another GTWS topic. Just as soon as I get through the holidays!

Happy Holidays,