Faking it has been a topic for public discussion at least since Meg Ryan performed an orgasm at Katz's Deli in Nora Ephron's "When Harry Met Sally," and probably long before. But men pretending to climax? According to a recent survey, that's happening too, far more often than you might think.
The 2012 AskMen and AskWomen surveys, conducted by the men's lifestyle website AskMen.com and women's lifestyle site TresSugar respectively, revealed how many men are pretending to climax. In the survey, which polled 49,000 men and 1,000 women, according to a rep for AskMen.com, 54 percent of female respondents reported faking an orgasm, and 26 percent said they fake it every time they have sex.
But they weren't alone: Thirty-four percent of men said they'd faked it at least once.
The results seem to confirm the findings of a 2010 Men's Health survey of 2,000 men and women, in which 17 percent of male respondents admitted to faking it.
Why would a man pretend to orgasm? Although men have a reputation for being able to climax easily, some suffer from a condition known as delayed ejaculation. It's relatively rare, according to the Boston University School of Medicine, but CNN's sex expert Ian Kerner has argued that the incidence is increasing. When a man realizes he isn't going to orgasm, faking it may seem like a good option. In a 2010 University of Kansas study of male and female college students, 10 percent of the men confessed to feigning climax, and half of those guys said they did it because they didn't want to hurt their partner's feelings.
Other questions the AskWomen survey put to female participants ran the gamut from whether they expect to see a female president in their lifetimes to whether they would sign a prenuptial agreement before marrying a significant other. Since this is HuffPost Women, we've rounded up some of the most interesting findings about women below. Visit the 2012 AskWomen survey for the full results, and the corresponding annual AskMen survey for insights into what almost 50,000 men are doing and thinking in 2012.
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