Sex: South Africans tell all

2012-06-23 00:00

CAPE TOWN — When it comes to what happens between the sheets, women aren’t looking for action only after the lights go out. The majority want to have it whenever they can.

This came to light in sex survey among 1 400 South Africans by Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines earlier this year.

People between 18 and 40 years of age participated in the survey.

The magazines go on sale on Monday.

Questions such as “What is the ideal penis size?” and “What must your partner do to give you more pleasure in the bed?” were only a few of the questions that respondents were asked to give honest answers to.

Men said they want an emotional connection — a total of 77% stated that this is the most important part of pleasing a partner, and 41% said the worst mistake women make between the sheets is not communicating enough or “just lying there”.

For their part, 44% of the women said men try to rush foreplay.

A total of 41% of the men said they use condoms to protect themselves and their partner, while 34,7% said they never use a condom.

A total of 38% of women said they use condoms to protect themselves and their partner, while 39,4% never use one.

A total of 37,4% of men have been unfaithful to their partner, while the figure for women was 38,3%.

Ten percent of these men have been unfaithful more than five times, and six percent of the women.

Before a date 72% of women and 53% of men have looked at the person’s profile on Facebook and Twitter.

Women’s Health editor Kate Wilson said people were much more open about their sex lives nowadays.

Wilson said she was “always surprised” at people’s frankness and honesty when they participated in the magazine’s surveys.

“It shows that we have come a long way with regard to our attitudes to sex and sexuality in South Africa,” she said.

One of the answers that surprised her was that people are waiting longer before having sex with a new partner. “A total of 26% said they would prefer to wait a few months.”

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