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Sexual Discourse: Foreplaying around

So just how important is pre-intercourse canoodling?

 by Erika Wurst  published on Thursday, April 14, 2005

Women's studies sophomore Natalie Harden describes foreplay as anything but sex and anything that happens prior to sex./issues/arts/692899
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Women's studies sophomore Natalie Harden describes foreplay as anything but sex and anything that happens prior to sex.
 
Undeclared freshman Juan Ordonez shares his opinions about foreplay with SPM./issues/arts/692899
Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Undeclared freshman Juan Ordonez shares his opinions about foreplay with SPM.
 

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Each year, Durex Condoms surveys more than 350,000 people from 41 countries around the world about their sexual behavior. From vibrator use to who gets crowned the sexiest female celebrity in the world, the folks at Durex seem to have all bases covered in their Global Sex Survey.

Most interesting, perhaps, is the question of how much time couples across the world dedicate to foreplay. Here's what the survey found:

On average, people across the world spend 19.7 minutes on foreplay, with men claiming to spend 20.2 minutes and women spending 18.8 minutes. The younger age groups take the longest -- 21.6 minutes for 16- to 20-year-olds and 19.1 minutes for 21- to 24-year-olds, compared to 17.3 minutes for people over 55.

The British spend the most time on foreplay (22.5 minutes), followed closely by the Germans (22.2), the Irish (21.8) and the Spanish (21.7). Thais spend the least amount of time (11.5 minutes). Also ranking pretty low were Hong Kong (14.2) and the Vietnamese (15.2).

The United States ranked No. 17 out of 41 countries. The survey says Americans spend an average of 19.7 minutes on pre-intercourse canoodling. We hit the streets this week to see how important foreplay is to students in relationships and asked our interviewees to take their best guess at where they think the U.S. ranked in the survey.

Who: Women's studies sophomore Natalie Harden
Where: Hanging out with a friend by the MU fountain

SPM: What's your definition of foreplay?

Harden: Anything but sex and anything that happens prior to sex, from kissing to oral sex.

SPM: And how important is foreplay to you in a sexual relationship?

Harden: It's increasingly more important the longer the relationship is. It keeps things interesting, I guess.

SPM: How important do you think foreplay is to your partner?

Harden: It's important. I know that I'm not usually asked to reciprocate in my current relationship, but I don't ask for foreplay either, it just happens. It's part of the situation.

SPM: What's your favorite type of foreplay?

Harden: My ears -- ear nibbling and biting.

SPM: Durex did a survey in 2004 and compiled the average number of minutes couples from across the world spend on foreplay. How many minutes do you think the average is?

Harden: Probably between five and 15 minutes, depending on the urgency of the situation and the level of sobriety.

SPM: Do you think older or younger lovers spend more time on foreplay and why?

Harden: I think older ones. The older you get, the more you realize how important it is and the more willing you are to try out new things.

SPM: Out of the 41 countries surveyed, where do you think the United States ranked?

Harden: I'd say somewhere in the middle. Sex seems to be a main goal of our culture. I feel like it's more of a means to an end, like the orgasm is more important to most people than the intimacy.

SPM: How much time do you and your partner generally dedicate to foreplay?

Harden: Anywhere between five and 15 minutes and I'm pretty satisfied.

Who: Undeclared freshman Juan Ordonez
Where: Munching outside the MU

SPM: What's your definition of foreplay?

Ordonez: Getting turned on before sex. Anything from kissing to feeling around to oral sex.

SPM: And how important is foreplay to you in a sexual relationship?

Ordonez: Very important. It kind of makes sex better.

SPM: How important do you think foreplay is to your partner?

Ordonez: I think it is just about as important.

SPM: So what gets you fired up?

Ordonez: When a girl kisses my neck, it really turns me on.

SPM: Durex did a survey in 2004 and compiled an average number of minutes couples from across the world spend on foreplay. How many minutes do you think the average is?

Ordonez: Probably like 10 to 15 minutes. Usually people get so into it they just want to go for it.

SPM: Out of the 41 countries surveyed, where do you think the United States ranked?

Ordonez: Damn, these are hard questions. Probably at the tip because we're all pretty horny in The United States.

SPM: Do you think men get a bad rap from women when it comes to foreplay?

Ordonez: I think guys do get a bad rap. Most girls think guys just want to get it over with, but that's not true. It's not just that foreplay turns the girl on -- it turns the guy on, too.

Reach the reporter at erika.wurst@asu.edu.



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