The Disturbing Reason Why Some Women Fake Orgasms

If you have a vagina, you’ve probably faked an orgasm at some point. Maybe you knew it wasn’t going to happen and wanted to stroke your partner’s ego. Or, perhaps you're just a fan of the “fake it ‘til you make it” motto. It’s not really a recommended practice (open communication will most likely bring you better results), but it happens.

Unfortunately, researchers have uncovered another, more serious reason why some women fake orgasms. A new, small study presented at the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women annual conference found that a number of women actually fake orgasms to speed up unwanted sex.

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For the study, researchers asked 15 women between the ages of 19 and 28 who were sexually active for at least a year to share their experiences about consensual sex. All of them opened up about at least one occasion when they didn’t want to have sex—but did anyway.

None of the women used words like “rape” or “coercion,” researchers noted, but many of the sexual experiences they described could be labeled that way. Instead, they called unwanted and non-pleasurable sex “bad sex," and told researchers that faking it was their way of feeling more in control and helping them speed up unwanted sex when they didn’t feel like they had other options.

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“We were struck by the degree to which women were connecting the practice of faking orgasm to accounts of unwanted sex,” says study co-author Emily Thomas in a press release.

Yes, the study was small, but the fact that all of the participants spoke about this kind of experience is unsettling.

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It goes without saying (or maybe it doesn’t?) that you should never feel pressure to have sex with someone when you're not into it—no matter what. Make it known that you do not consent and get the hell out of there.

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