Excerpted from "Sex in the Romance: A Review of Romantic Encounters of the Close Kind".

(copyright John L. Ferri 1994, jlferri@epix.net)

Male Orgasm -
I Came, Therefore I Am

When does sex actually start? When does it end? These are difficult questions that depend entirely on the definition of sex. To simplify matters but still leave the start and stop open, I'll define sex (short for sexual intercourse) as the intimate interaction of two individuals who care for each other with the goal of mutual pleasure and satisfaction. For the female, the perceived start may be a subtle glance from her mate, or a passing kiss, even a gentle touch. Her perception of the end is possibly when her mate moves from her. For the male, it starts with penetration and ends with his orgasm. This is not to say that he stops at this point, but until then it's sex. Afterward, it's a challenge.

Few men will agree with this, and few women will disagree. The situation is very fortunate for the male because of the perceived duration of sex. For any given sexual encounter, the female's estimate for the length of the act will be from five to ten times the male's estimate.

So, if the subject of duration ever comes up in the locker room or on the golf course, when everyone else is bragging five minutes, ten minutes, even fifteen minutes, you can confidently, through female perspective, throw out "an hour and a half" and back it up with a note from home.

In the list below, there was no overwhelming winner. Some form of "climax" and "release" each were used 11% of the time that the male orgasm was referenced. Next were "spill" at 8%, and "explode" at 5%.

The complete list is:

Appropriately missing from the list are "greased her monkey", "shot his load", "popped his wad", and the all too frequent "creamed his jeans."

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