6 Popular Sex “Myths” That May or May Not Be True

Written by on February 22, 2017 in Conscious Living, Relationships & Sex with 3 Comments

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By Chiara Laurie | AlterNet.org

The following article first appeared on Kinkly.com.

Here’s a fact for you: Knowing more about sex is good for your sex life. But although sex is one of the most popular activities in the world (it originates back to, well, the beginning of mankind), it’s also one of the most secretive. So, it’s only natural that countless myths have accumulated around the topic over the years. Some of them are outlandish and downright ridiculous (aphrodisiac green M&Ms, anyone?), but as crazy as they are, some myths are actually true.

Here are six of the most common beliefs about sex. Can you figure out which ones are true and which ones are false?

Related Article: 10 Stubborn Sex Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked

1. True or False: African men have bigger penises.

Are African men really better endowed than men of other races? Richard Lynn thinks he’s found the answer. Lynn, a British professor emeritus of Psychology at the University of Ulster, collected data on penis size from 113 different countries and published the results in the scientific journal Personality and Individual Differences.

So what’s the verdict on this myth?

It appears to have some basis of truth, although critics of the study called the data flawed because it had been collected from websites. Lynn’s study concluded that African-American men are bigger than men of other races. Out of all 113 nationalities, the Republic of the Congo came out on top with an average penis size of 7.1 inches. In fact, the average penis size in the entire continent of Africa was 6.3 inches. The Ecuadorians, Ghanaians and Colombians, with average sizes of 7 inches, 6.8 inches, and 6.7 inches, respectively, weren’t far behind. At the other end of the spectrum were India, (4 inches), Thailand (4 inches) and North and South Korea (3.8 inches). As for American men (which presumably includes men of African descent), they fell right around the middle of the group with an average length of 5.1 inches. (The list of things to know about the male member doesn’t stop there. Find more fascinating facts in 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Penises.)

2. True or False: The shape of a woman’s pout is linked to her ability to achieve vaginal orgasms.

Any man who believes that the clitoris is the only key to a woman’s sexual satisfaction is sorely mistaken. Vaginal orgasms – or at least orgasms achieved through vaginal intercourse – doexist. In fact, it’s been said that 30 percent of women are capable of achieving an orgasm through intercourse alone. What sets them apart from the rest? Could their face hold a clue?

Yes, it could. Just ask Stuart Brody, a psychology professor at the University of the West of Scotland. In 2011, he conducted a survey of 258 mainly Scottish women with a mean age of 27 years and concluded in the Journal of Sexual Medicine that having a prominent tubercle – the middle of the upper lip with two areas that may or may not point out – indicates that a woman is more likely to have vaginal orgasms. Brody’s co-author, Rui Miguel Costa, suspects that the link between a woman’s upper lip and her ability to orgasm via intercourse may have originated in utero. That’s because the formation of a fetus’s tubercle could be connected to the formation of the neural circuits that affect vaginal orgasm. No wonder men find a woman’s lips so intriguing! (If sex alone doesn’t do it, you can always add a vibrator. Learn more about these handy gadgets in Vibrators: Bigger and Getting More Buzz Than Ever.)

3. True or False: Chocolate makes you horny.

Not only is chocolate delicious, it’s known to be an aphrodisiac. That isn’t too far-fetched. Chocolate does contain two chemicals that trigger feelings of love and sexual arousal: tryptophan (a building block of a brain hormone that puts you in the mood) and phenylethylamine (a natural neuromodulator that stimulates positive feelings, often similar to the feeling of falling in love).

Sounds promising, right? Unfortunately, this one’s false because the amounts of these chemicals in chocolate are too small to inspire any feelings of love or sexual arousal, even for those who eat chocolate every day. In 2006, an Italian physician named Andrea Salonia and several of her colleagues found no link between chocolate consumption and sexuality. The study was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, and it concluded that all the aphrodisiac qualities believed to be in chocolate are purely psychological.

Related Article: 12 Natural Aphrodisiacs to Raise Libido and Increase Desire

4. True or False: You can’t catch an STD if you have sex in water.

Although bathtub sex scenes are common in pornography and even mainstream movies, in reality, sex and water aren’t the best combination. And when it comes to STDs, this one’s flat-out false. Not only does water wash away the body’s natural fluids, it also weakens your skin. So, having sex in water actually increases your chances of catching an STD. That’s because having sex in water can tear your unmentionables, making it easier for bacteria and STDs to enter your body. Wearing a condom helps, but not much because chlorine or heat can weaken the rubber, making it more likely to break. The best way to avoid such a scenario is to stick to land-based sexual activity – and save the underwater stuff for safer foreplay.


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  1. 1402952466610993@facebook.com' Where there is love there is life says:

    “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

  2. lesterpatricks@yahoo.com' Any Major Dude says:

    All of these rules except one hold truth. Number 4 is absolutely false and some people who live that lifestyle will even tell you it’s not as safe as you think. You always take a risk, even when practicing safer sex. Condoms and dental dams do not protect against all STD’s, they just reduce the risk. While drug use in those clubs are not high, there is more of a risk to contract an STD. Most swingers that I have encountered do not use protection. They start off with rules involving safer safe practices only to later abandon those very rules. Unfortunately, not enough research has been done in researching transmissions of STD’s in the swinger community. My visit to one of those clubs showed that much of the literature on the subject available is misleading. While HIV is not high on the list, there are other STD’s that are more likely to be common I.E. Herpes which was visually noticeable upon visit. Reading some of the blogs on swingers sites involving talk of STD, will give you a better idea of what your getting involved in. You will find that many who swing, either don’t care to check their status or just hide the fact that they may carrying an STD. Unfortunately, in all groups you have dishonest and deceptive people, even in ones that claim to be more honest.

  3. sandyhix@gmail.com' Sandy Hix says:

    I have a defined upper lip (on my face) so that is interesting..

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