Here’s The Surprising Reason Why Some Women Fake Orgasms

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At one point or another, nearly every woman has faked an orgasm – it’s the sad truth.

But the reason behind why women actually fake it is more complicated than we might think.

According to a recent study, many women are faking – or have faked – orgasms. But they’re not doing it for the reasons we think – like to stroke their partners’ egos.

Instead, some women are faking orgasms because they’re uncomfortable or even because they didn’t actually¬†want to have sex in the first place.

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The small study, which was presented at the British Psychological Society, featured interviews with 15 Canadian women between the ages of 19 and 28, all of whom had been sexually active for at least one year.

The study’s lead author, Emily Thomas, told Mic that the study’s goal was to interview women about the reasons why they faked orgasms during consensual sex, but found that women were faking it as a way to get out of bad, or, in some cases, borderline non-consensual sex.

What the women in the study described as ‘bad’ sex usually fell into two categories: unsatisfying or unwanted.

Worryingly, those who described sex as unwanted recounted being pressured by their male partners, who ranged anywhere from husbands to boyfriends to one-night stands.

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But the most disturbing part of the study isn’t that women are faking orgasms to end bad sex – if anything, we already knew that – it’s that they’re faking it to end sex that they didn’t actually want or felt pressured into having.

And although the researchers did not ask the women about why they chose to have sex without wanting it in the first place, there was a common denominator between all the interview subjects: “It’s easier to fake [an orgasm] than to outright say no or refuse sex,” Thomas said.

The study, although small, points to a larger issue with the way we perceive sex.

Unfortunately, if a woman isn’t enjoying sex and wants to stop, it can feel easier and safer to fake an orgasm than to let her partner know she’s not feeling it. And that’s not right.


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