Women who earn more than their husbands are more likely to fake an orgasm – a study has shown

I am republishing an article that appeared in the Daily Telegraph. This article refers to a study conducted in the United States which found that women, who earn more than their husbands are more likely to fake an orgasm in bed. It is an interesting read, in particular for those students undertaking studies in the history of sexuality.

Women who make it are more likely to fake it

Concerns about fragile masculinity led higher-earning women to feign climax in the bedroom to protect the egos of partners, a study found By Joe Pinkstone, SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT, 31 January 2022 • 4:29pm

Women who make more money than their male partner are twice as likely to fake orgasms during sex than women who earn less, a study has found.

The issue is based around fragile masculinity, where a man has a precarious hold on his own sense of manliness.

This insecurity does not escape the attention of women, researchers from the University of South Florida say, and women take it upon themselves to feign climax in the bedroom in order to protect the egos of men who lack the self-confidence and self-assuredness to be comfortable with the fact that their partner is the highest earner.

Make the man feel good

“Women may attempt to neutralise the masculinity threat of out-earning their partners by reassuring them that they are good sexual performers,” the researchers write in the study, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.

They do this, they say, by faking orgasms to make the man feel good.

In the study, around 30 per cent of women earned more than their partners. Data show 27 per cent of women who earned more than their partners faked orgasms, compared with 13 per cent for those that do not.

The effect was amplified when the woman earned “substantially” more cash, the scientists found.

One in three women (34 per cent) who account for more than 60 per cent of the joint couple income admitted to faking orgasms. The figure was just 14 per cent for women who earn less than 40 per cent.

Lead author Jessica Jordan, of the University of South Florida, said the cause of this phenomenon was complex but stemmed partly from some women being told it was their job to protect men’s masculinity in spite of their own unaddressed insecurities.

Academics conducted a further two studies to scrutinise what made a woman more likely to fake orgasm.

“Women are prioritising what they think their partners need over their own sexual needs and satisfaction,” said Ms Jordan.

A second study involved data on 283 women and found they felt more anxious and less aroused by men with a precarious sense of masculinity, and this saw their own rate of orgasm plummet.

A follow-up study on 196 women found that they were more likely to lie about their sexual experience to their partner if they thought he was insecure in his own masculinity.

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