The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality
A reproduction of the classic text, unavailable now for more than a decade, with a new introduction by the author. The Hite Report, first published in 1976, was a sexual revolution in six hundred pages. To answer sensitive questions dealing with the most intimate details of women's sexuality, Hite's innovation was simple: she asked women, a lot of them, everything--and published the results.
One hundred thousand women, ages fourteen to seventy-eight, were asked what they do and don't like about sex; how orgasm really feels, with and without intercourse; how it feels not to have an orgasm during sex; the importance of clitoral stimulation and masturbation; and to name the greatest pleasures and frustrations of their sexual lives, among many other questions.
The Hite Report declares that orgasm is easy and strong for women, given the right stimulation; that most women have orgasm most easily during masturbation or clitoral stimulation by hand; that sex as we define it is a cultural institution, not a biological one; and that attitudes must change to include the stimulation women desire.
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Feelings about masturbation
What is the importance of masturbation?
Types of masturbation
Is orgasm important?
What do the stages of orgasm feel like?
How do women relate physically?
Reasons women prefer to relate sexually to women
Lesbianism can be political
What is sexual slavery?
Feelings about sex and intercourse
Do you like vaginal penetration intercourse?
Does orgasm feel different with or without intercourse?
The clitoralvaginal controversy
Women who never orgasm
Do most women orgasm from intercourse?
Findings of this study
The glorification of intercourse
If you dont have orgasms during intercourse youre hung up
Do you ever fake orgasms?
How do women orgasm during intercourse?
How they do it
Clitoral stimulation by hand during intercourse
Do it yourself
The connection between orgasm during intercourse and masturbation
How have most men had sex with you?
Orgasm from clitoral stimulation by hand
Feelings about clitoral stimulation
What kind of clitoral stimulation do women like?
Orgasm from cunnilingus
Feelings about cunnilingus
What kind of cunnilingus do women like?
Do you ever find it necessary to masturbate achieve orgasm after making love?
Why dont women create their own orgasms?
The ambiguity of the sexual revolution
There was no real revolution
Women lost their right to say no
How strong is the male sex drive?
The double standard
Be a good girl
Sex and emotions
How important is sex?
How does age affect female sexuality?
The future of intercourse
Do women always want intercourse?
Toward a new kind of intercourse
Do men need intercourse?
Touching is sex too
What kinds of touching do women like?
Statistical Breakdown of Findings by chapter
Questionnaire for Women Readers
About the Author
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Page 17 - Researchers, looking for statistical 'norms,' have ... all too often wound up telling women how they should feel rather than asking them how they do feel" (p. 1 1). [Male] researchers have thrust language upon passive women, whereas Hite's questioning would attentively stimulate women to respond. The model for good sexual research is structurally analogous to the pattern for good sex. Hite asks; women respond. / But then Hite tells them what their responses...