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