Men: 46% engaged in heterosexual and homosexual behavior or were aroused by persons of both sexes. Only 12% of White males (between the ages of 20-35) received a score of 3 on a 7-point scale, indicating about equal heterosexual and homosexual experiences/responses.

Women: Between 6 and 14% had more than an incidental homosexual experience.


By age 16: 21%

At age 17: 11%

At age 18: 12%

At age 19: 11%

For women:

By age 16: 6%

At age 17: 5%

At age 18: 9%

At age 19: 11%


Men: 92%

Women: 62%

sexual fantasy


  • 84% were aroused by sexual fantasy with women.
  • 89% relied on sexual fantasy while masturbating.

Rarely (3 or 4 out of 5,000 times) do men experience ejaculation by fantasy alone. Women:

  • 31% had never been aroused by thinking about men.
  • 69% reported having erotic fantasies about men.
  • 64% relied on sexual fantasy while masturbating.
  • 2% of women experience an orgasm by fantasy alone.


Men: 67-98%, depending on socioeconomic status.

Women: Approximately 50%.

Source: (Kinsey, Pomeroy, & Martin,1948; Kinsey, Pomeroy, Martin, & Gebhard, 1953)

Despite a wide interest in sexuality among scientists, there was still "a widespread resistance in society to allow scientists to straightforwardly study human sexuality, particularly in its more unusual forms" (Laws & Marshall, 2003, p. 80). Few scholars were interested in sex-crime research, and even fewer were interested in studying sex offenders (Soothill, 2010). The results of Kinsey's research "have been scorned and attacked from a variety of perspectives" (Laws & Marshall, 2003, p. 80). Still noteworthy, his data remain the largest collection of empirical information on human sexuality (Laws & Marshall, 2003).

Thus, research on sex, sexuality, and deviant sex acts, including sex crimes, occurred early on under an umbrella of taboo. The early researchers in this area were true pioneers. Today, while conducting research on sex, sexuality, and sex crimes is less of a taboo, it still remains less studied than other research areas. Over the past several decades, however, large strides have been made in studying sex offenders and sex crimes.

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