I Was Involved in Two Sex Discoveries in 2009 That Made People Blush

Another piece of excitement happened earlier this week when I learned that 2 of the “9 Discoveries That Made Us Blush in 2009” were studies conducted by our research team at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion. The first was our study of women’s and men’s vibrator use (we found that more than half of women and nearly half of men had used a vibrator, findings that later found their way into a New York Times article and Jay Leno’s opening monologue).

The second blush-worthy discovery was I study I conducted about women’s and men’s attitudes toward women’s genitals. In it, I learned that women who feel more positively about vulvas and vaginas are more likely to find it easier to orgasm and to have an annual gyn exam. Oh, and also men tend to feel  more positively about women’s genitals… we women can learn a lot from men in this regard.

Both of us these studies are, of course, referenced in my Because It Feels Good book as they most certainly apply to figuring out how we can have better sex – especially for those who have been in a relationship for a long time and are looking to make things a little more fun in the bedroom or on the family room floor. Speaking of “more fun”, how much more fun would things have been if I had bought the red jumpsuit pictured above while in an Austin, Texas thrift store this Fall?


About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.