A new CDC report contains a few surprises about your bedroom boundaries
- byMike Darling
When the CDC sends us a press release, we assume it's about a viral outbreak, or maybe a turning point on The Walking Dead, or something even more petrifying—like a long-forgotten STD back to haunt us, stronger and more pissed off than ever. This time, however, the federal agency issued surprising news about...shifting attitudes in the bedroom. Phew.
Here's what they found: The National Survey of Family Growth, conducted between 2006 and 2008 with people between the ages of 15 and 44, concluded that 44 percent of straight men and 36 percent of straight women have had anal sex at least once in their lives. Even factoring in the ubiquity and ease of access to hard-core porn, those numbers still seem a little startling. And the surprises don't stop there.
More straight women, for example, are experimenting: Roughly 12 percent say they've had sex with another woman, while only six percent of men who identify as straight say they've had at least one homosexual experience.
The report also found that 32 percent of men and 33 percent of women between the ages of 15 and 17 have already lost their virginity, while only three percent of men and two percent of women between the ages of 25 and 44 are still clinging (happily or not) to their v-cards. And remember: this data is five years old. It stands to reason that every one of these statistics could be even higher today.
Those are just a few of the highlights of the 36-page report. Check out the rest of the study results at the CDC's site, and let us know in the comments if you're as surprised as we are.