Trojan ‘Charged Sex Life Survey’ Released, Black Sexuality Singled Out for Study and Commentary

Trojan, a brand name of condoms manufactured by the Church & Dwight Company, has released the results of their ‘Charged Sex Life Survey.’ The survey was completed in two parts. The first part was conducted online from May 4th through May 15th, 2012 and questioned a nationally representative sample of adults 18 and older. The second part was also conducted online and questioned adults 18 and over in 10 major US cities, including New York, Atlanta and Chicago.

While the overall results of the survey are interesting to read, it seems that African American sexual behavior has been singled out for the lions share of media attention. And I think I know why. According to the ‘Charged Sex Life Survey’ results African American men have almost 4 times as many lifetime sexual partners a African American women; an average of 38 lifetime sexual partners versus 10 partners, respectively. I (Jamila Akil) couldn’t find any other article that indicated a gap in the mean number of sexual partners between men and women of the same race/ethnic group as large as the gap between black Americans.

Black news sites the Grio reports on other differences in sexual thought and behavior between black men and women: Men think about sex 17 times a day, compared to 5 times a day for women; Almost half of men wish sex lasted longer, compared to one-third of women; More than half of women have faked an orgasm, compared to 18 percent of men.

Atlanta, a city popular among young, professional and upwardly mobile African Americans, tied with New York City for the most sexual partners in a lifetime (25) and was also ranked highest on the sexual adverturousness of it’s inhabitants.

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