Why Women Fake Orgasms

June 10, 2011

Approximately 60 percent of women have faked an orgasm during sexual intercourse. Now a new study reveals the real reason women fake it.

The notion of women faking an orgasm to make their bedroom-challenged male partner feel better has long been a bedrock of popular culture. However, the reasons why women feel the need to fake-it have never been studied, until now.

Erin Cooper of Temple University surveyed 366 females ages 18 to 32 who had admitted to faking an orgasm. Her results reveal that faking an orgasm says way more about the woman’s sexual nature and insecurities than that of her male partner.

Cooper found that the chief reason many women fake it is a fear of emotional closeness or connectivity with their partner. According to the study, “Many of these women said they faked it due to their own fear of intimacy; they also reported faking orgasm because they felt insecure about their sexual functioning, or because they want to get it over with.” The study states that women who have a hard time getting close to people in general also have a difficult time “getting close to other people on a sexual level.”

Interestingly a smaller number of women in the study said they faked it to “enhance their own sexual experience.” The study states, “This small subset of women who are faking orgasm for the purposes of increasing their own arousal, actually have higher levels of sexual satisfaction. So, maybe we should not be questioning their strategy; it's one of many tools in their toolboxes for having a positive sexual experience.”

Girls, this is the type of faking men could get behind.

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