Comments Despite America's superpower status across the globe and the fact we can claim sex icons George Clooney and Kate Upton as our own, Americans overall are not as sexually satisfied as our foreign brothers and sisters. Conservatives and right-wing Christians have long fought hard against political reform to liberalize sex in the United States, from limiting reproductive rights and sex education to lobbying against gay marriage and sex work.
But what effect, if any, has this had on our sexual satisfaction? Countries that are more socially liberal and have relaxed attitudes toward sex tend to have lower rates of STDs, teen pregnancies and abortions, and much more satisfying sex lives in general. In any event, one thing remains certain. Americans are having a lot less sex than our friends overseas.
So how is sexual satisfaction measured? Switzerland is consistently rated as one of the most sexually satisfied nations around the globe. Yet, somehow, amidst all that fornicating, the Swiss still manage to have one of the lowest teen birth rates in the world.
Just ask the Spaniards themselves. Unsurprisingly, their levels of sexual satisfaction rose over time with a stable partner as opposed to casual encounters. In fact, the Greeks have been talking about sex for centuries. Even today, Greeks commonly discuss sex at work, with friends, and most importantly, with their partners. Communication makes for a better sex life, period. The Netherlands has a reputation as being one of the most pro-sex countries in the world thanks to its famous red light district, abundance of nude beaches and open sex education policies.
Comparatively, only half of Americans say they're comfortable asserting their sexual desires. Or it might have something to do with the fact that sex work is decriminalized and regulated in half the country's states. The secret to Indians' sexual bliss is a bit of a mystery, but there are a couple of theories. Indian men are also more likely to spend time on the process of seduction and foreplay compared to other countries.
Then again, other studies reveal Indians are the quickest at performing in the bedroom: As far as sexual partners go, Australians are more promiscuous than most. The women, on the other hand, fare more equal with 10 and 9 the average number of sexual partners for Australian and American women respectively.
Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Nigerians also take the longest time having sex, at 24 minutes per average session. The sexual excitement element also seems to be in full swing. Germany fares better than the United States as far as sexually transmitted disease goes: China is sexually satisfied?
But no list would be complete without throwing in a wild card. The secret to sexual satisfaction in China? The majority of Chinese men follow up after a successful date… with an email.
Jodie Gummow is a senior fellow and staff writer at AlterNet.