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Do All Orgasms Feel Alike? Evaluating a Two-Dimensional Model of the Orgasm Experience across Gender and Sexual Context

Kenneth Mah and Yitzchak M. Binik
The Journal of Sex Research
Vol. 39, No. 2 (May, 2002), pp. 104-113
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3813192
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

The characteristics common to all human orgasm experiences and potential gender and contextual factors affecting these experiences were investigated in two studies. A two-dimensional descriptive model of the orgasm experience was evaluated by testing hypotheses concerning (a) fit of the model to adjective-ratings data describing male and female orgasm experiences, and (b) sexual context effects on the importance of model components. In the first model-evaluation study, 888 university students (523 women) provided adjective ratings to convey orgasm experiences attained through both solitary masturbation and sex with a partner. In a cross-validation study, 798 university students (503 women) provided similar ratings to convey orgasm experiences attained either through solitary masturbation or through sex with a partner. Overall, findings supported the utility of a two-dimensional model of the orgasm experience, an adjective-rating approach in comparing male and female orgasm, and the importance of examining sexual context effects on the orgasm experience.

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