Source: The Australian, Monday 20 May, 1996, p.3


When it comes
to sex, we score

By marketing writer KATRINA STRICKLAND 
 
   FORGET the cliches: 
Australians are up there with the 
French as some of the world's 
best lovers, according to a 
global sex survey to be released 
today. 
 
   The survey of 10,000 people 
across 15 countries, conducted 
by condom manufacturer Durex, 
found Australians to be equal 
second alongside the British and 
the Americans in the sexual 
prowess stakes after 
comparisons on a range of 
factors. 
 
   Not surprisingly the French 
topped the list as the world's best 
lovers, ranking well on fre- 
quency, partner's satisfaction and 
regularity of safe sex. However 
the world's other supposedly hot 
lovers, the Italians and the 
Brazilians, fell behind the Brits, 
Aussies, Americans and Russians 
at fifth and seventh spots 
respectively. 
 
   The survey also found that 
while men were most concerned 
with pleasing their partners, 
women were more preoccupied 
with pleasing themselves. Thirty- 
eight per cent of men said 
pleasing their sexual part-ner 
was their top priority in bed with 
only 25 per cent rating their 
own sexual satisfaction as their 
number one goal. 
 
   Women however displayed 
more selfish tendencies, with 31 
per cent putting their own 
satisfaction on top and only 29 
per cent nominating their 
partner's satisfaction as their 
main concern. 
 
   Americans revealed themselves 
as the world's most selfish 
lovers, with 61 per cent 
concerned with their own 
enjoyment compared with 23 per 
cent concerned with that of their 
partner. Australians in contrast 
appear to be relatively 
considerate lovers, with 42 per 
cent concerned about their 
partner's satisfaction and 27 per 
cent about their own. 
 
   The average rate of sex glo- 
belly is about twice a week, or 
109 times a year. 
 
   The survey found that couples 
who live together have more sex 
than married couples. For married 
couples it appears children help 
rather than hinder the sex life: 
married couples with kids have 
sex 115 times a year compared 
with childless couples whose 
annual rate is 103. 


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