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The Hite Report - Shere Hite

Paperback Published: December 2004
ISBN: 9781583225691
Number Of Pages: 512

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Featuring a new foreword by the author, this is the classic feminist analysis of sex that galvanized a cultural revolution. Originally published in 1976, The Hite Report revealed the most intimate sexual feelings of 3,000 women: what they like and don't like; how orgasm really feels, with and without intercourse; how it feels to not have an orgasm during sex; the importance of clitoral stimulation and masturbation; and the greatest pleasures and frustrations of their sexual lives. The most shocking revelation was that orgasm is simply and easily achieved with the right stimulation, and that sex is a cultural institution - not just a biological one. Hite explains in her introduction that while society has in theory made great strides with regard to female sexuality since the book's first edition, the dissatisfactions with their sex lives some women voice today are reminiscent of the issues raised in the 1970s..

"The first major literary breakthrough in this field since the work of Masters and Johnson."
The Hite Report, originally published in 1976, was a sexual revolution in six hundred pages. Three thousand women, ages fourteen to seventy-eight, were surveyed on their most intimate feelings about sex: what they do and don't like; how orgasm really feels, with and without intercourse; how it feels not to have an orgasm during sex; the importance of clitoral stimulation and masturbation; and, the greatest pleasures and frustrations of their sexual lives. The Hite Report declares that orgasm is easy and strong for women, given the right stimulation; that most women have orgasm most easily during masturbation or clitoral stimulation by hand; that sex as we define it is a cultural institution, not a biological one, and that attitudes must change to include the stimulation women desire. The Hite Report, which has been published in seventeen languages, was selected in 1998 as one of the one hundred key books of the twentieth century by the London Times and the World Expo.
"A frankness and directness not usually seen in print... Many female readers can closely identify with these intimate revelations."
"Read The Hite Report if you want to know how sex really is right now."

Introduction to the 2004 editionp. 11
Prefacep. 17
The Questionsp. 19
Who answeredp. 25
Questionnaire distributionp. 25
Geographic distribution of repliesp. 26
"Marital status"p. 34
Agep. 35
Religious backgroundp. 36
Educationp. 37
Occupationp. 37
"Why did you answer this questionnaire?"p. 39
Analysis of repliesp. 45
Project financingp. 46
Women who contributedp. 47
Masturbation
Introductionp. 51
Feelings about masturbationp. 53
"Do you enjoy masturbating?"p. 53
"What is the importance of masturbation?"p. 61
Types of masturbationp. 67
Types I-VIp. 68
Leg positionp. 100
Orgasm
Is orgasm important?p. 105
What do the stages of orgasm feel like?p. 113
Arousalp. 113
Orgasmp. 122
Contractionsp. 129
After orgasmp. 134
Multiple orgasmsp. 138
Does orgasm feel different with or without intercourse?p. 145
Anatomyp. 145
The clitoral-vaginal controversyp. 149
"Vaginal ache"p. 158
Conclusionp. 160
Emotional orgasmp. 162
Women who never orgasmp. 165
Intercourse
Do most women orgasm from intercourse?p. 181
Findings of this studyp. 184
The glorification of intercoursep. 189
Why have we thought women should orgasm from intercourse?p. 189
"If you don't have orgasms during intercourse, you're hung-up."p. 198
"Do you ever fake orgasms?"p. 205
Conclusionp. 213
How do women orgasm during intercourse?p. 216
Masters and Johnson: A Rube Goldberg model?p. 216
Women who orgasm during intercourse: How they do itp. 219
Clitoral stimulation by hand during intercoursep. 231
Conclusion: Do it yourselfp. 238
The connection between orgasm during intercourse and masturbationp. 239
Clitoral Stimulation
How have most men had sex with you?p. 251
Orgasm from clitoral stimulation by handp. 261
Do most women orgasm regularly from clitoral stimulation by hand?p. 261
Feelings about clitoral stimulationp. 264
What kind of clitoral stimulation do women like?p. 276
Orgasm from cunnilingusp. 285
How many women orgasm regularly from cunnilingus?p. 285
Feelings about cunnilingusp. 287
What kind of cunnilingus do women like?p. 298
"Do you ever find it necessary to masturbate to achieve orgasm after 'making love'?"p. 301
Conclusionp. 306
Lesbianism
Introductionp. 311
Survey responsesp. 316
How do women relate physically?p. 320
Reasons women prefer to relate sexually to womenp. 324
Lesbianism can be politicalp. 330
Sexual Slavery
What is sexual slavery?p. 335
Feelings about sex and intercoursep. 337
"Do you like vaginal penetration intercourse?"p. 338
Why don't women create their own orgasms?p. 344
Habitp. 344
Lovep. 346
Economicsp. 348
The Sexual Revolution
Introductionp. 357
The ambiguity of the "sexual revolution"p. 359
"What do you think of the sexual revolution?"p. 359
Increased openness is goodp. 359
There was no real revolutionp. 362
Women lost their right to say "no"p. 364
How strong is the male "sex drive"?p. 369
The double standardp. 372
Be a "good girl"!p. 375
Sex and emotionsp. 380
Birth controlp. 385
How important is sex?p. 388
Conclusionp. 397
Older Women
How does age affect female sexuality?p. 401
Toward a New Female Sexuality
Redefining sexp. 417
The future of intercoursep. 418
Sex as usual?p. 418
Do women always want intercourse?p. 423
Toward a new kind of intercoursep. 430
Do men need intercourse?p. 433
Touching is sex toop. 435
Feelings about physical closenessp. 435
What kinds of touching do women like?p. 446
Appendices
Questionnairesp. 451
Statistical Breakdown of Findings (by chapter)p. 463
Questionnaire for Women Readersp. 496
Notesp. 508
Acknowledgmentsp. 511
About the authorp. 512
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ISBN: 9781583225691
ISBN-10: 1583225692
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: December 2004
Publisher: Seven Stories Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 15.4  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition