Statistics for BDSM provided by the Kinsey Institute. Link at bottom.
- •BDSM stands for Bondage, Discipline, Domination/Submission, Sadism/Masochism.
- •In a small sample there were no significant differences between BDSM practitioners and the general population on measures of psychopathology, depression, anxiety, OCD, and psychological sadism and masochism. (Connoly 2006)
- •A study looking at message board posts found 71% of heterosexual males but only 11% of heterosexual females and 12% of homosexual males prefer a dominant role when engaging in sexual bondage. (Ernulf, 1995.)
- •The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, a national organization committed to supporting the equal rights of consenting adults who practice forms of alternative sexual expression, conducted an informal survey of SM practitioners in 1998-1999. Some survey results are available on the NCSF website, and indicate that SM practitioners may be at greater risk for harassment, violence, and damage to property.(NCSF, 1999)
- •5-10% of the U.S. engages in SM for sexual pleasure on at least an occasional basis (Lowe, 1983).
- •12% of females and 22% of males reported erotic response to a SM story (Kinsey, Martin, Gebhard, 1953).
- •55% of females and 50% of males reported having responded erotically to being bitten (Kinsey, Martin, Gebhard, 1953).
- •14% of men and 11% of women have had some sexual experience with sadomasochism (Janus & Janus, 1993).
- •11% of men and 17% of women reported trying bondage (Lowe, 1983).
- •90% of men and 86% of women have had sex in the past year
- •27% of men and 19% of women have had oral sex in the past year
- •23% of men and 11% of women have bought X-rated movies or videos
- •10% of men and 9% of women have had anal sex in the past year.
For more interesting stats on Americans’ sex lives from the Kinsey Institute click here.