The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality

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Seven Stories Press, 2004 - Psychology - 512 pages
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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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User Review  - Lynley - Goodreads

As I was reading this I kept wondering how things have changed since the mid seventies. But I have a sneaky suspicion I wouldn't like the answer to that. Gloria Steinem said that all women should read ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marcus Clark - Goodreads

About the sexuality of women. Could easily be condensed but it is definitely a landmark book --- very important in what it says. It explores women's attitudes to sex, what they do, and how they do it. Largely by getting hundreds of women to answer intimate questions about their sex life. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
51
Feelings about masturbation
53
What is the importance of masturbation?
61
Types of masturbation
67
Type IVI
68
Leg position
100
Is orgasm important?
105
What do the stages of orgasm feel like?
113
Introduction
311
Survey responses
316
How do women relate physically?
320
Reasons women prefer to relate sexually to women
324
Lesbianism can be political
330
What is sexual slavery?
335
Feelings about sex and intercourse
337
Do you like vaginal penetration intercourse?
338

Orgasm
122
Contractions
129
After orgasm
134
Multiple orgasms
138
Does orgasm feel different with or without intercourse?
145
The clitoralvaginal controversy
149
Vaginal ache
158
Conclusion
160
Emotional orgasm
162
Women who never orgasm
165
Do most women orgasm from intercourse?
181
Findings of this study
184
The glorification of intercourse
189
If you dont have orgasms during intercourse youre hung up
198
Do you ever fake orgasms?
205
Conclusion
213
How do women orgasm during intercourse?
216
How they do it
219
Clitoral stimulation by hand during intercourse
231
Do it yourself
238
The connection between orgasm during intercourse and masturbation
239
How have most men had sex with you?
251
Orgasm from clitoral stimulation by hand
261
Feelings about clitoral stimulation
264
What kind of clitoral stimulation do women like?
276
Orgasm from cunnilingus
285
Feelings about cunnilingus
287
What kind of cunnilingus do women like?
298
Do you ever find it necessary to masturbate achieve orgasm after making love?
301
Conclusion
306
Why dont women create their own orgasms?
344
Love
346
Economics
348
Introduction
357
The ambiguity of the sexual revolution
359
There was no real revolution
362
Women lost their right to say no
364
How strong is the male sex drive?
369
The double standard
372
Be a good girl
375
Sex and emotions
380
Birth control
385
How important is sex?
388
Conclusion
397
How does age affect female sexuality?
401
Redefining sex
417
The future of intercourse
418
Do women always want intercourse?
423
Toward a new kind of intercourse
430
Do men need intercourse?
433
Touching is sex too
435
What kinds of touching do women like?
446
Questionnaires
451
Statistical Breakdown of Findings by chapter
463
Questionnaire for Women Readers
496
Notes
508
Acknowledgments
511
About the Author
512
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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...

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SHERE HITE, one of the great feminists and cultural anthropologists of our time, is internationally recognized for her work on psychosexual behavior and gender relations. Hite has lectured at universities around the world including the Sorbonne, Harvard, Columbia, Cambridge, Oxford, the London School of Economics, and others. Hite also writes regularly for international newspapers and journals. Director of the National Organization for Women's feminist sexuality project from 1972 to 1978, since that time she has directed Hite Research International. Her continuing study of sexual behavior includes major new discoveries on, for example, male sexuality, teen sexuality, and the relationship of sexuality to globalization. The Hite Report, first published in 1976, has sold tens of millions of copies worldwide. 

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