Masturbation is least common among less educated males (89%). More men who are high school educated (95%) and who are college educated (96%) are involved in masturbation for at least some period of their lives.
Masturbation frequencies after marriage are highest (69%) among men who are college educated. Only 42% of men who are high school educated, masturbate after marriage and only 29% of the least educated males.
There is no objective measure of a person’s imaginative capacities. But someone who is more intellectual and perhaps more educated is likely to have a greater creative imagination because they have been exposed to more ideas. It may be that those who are successful academically have a more active imagination due to increased mental capacities in general. Education is therefore only a guide to the likelihood that someone is imaginative. A good imagination is a prerequisite for the use of fantasy that is critical to arousal when a person achieves orgasm alone.
Men do not boast about achieving orgasm. Men focus on the pleasure they obtain from thrusting into a body orifice. Some men like to delay ejaculation with a lover for as long as possible in order to enjoy the sensations of intercourse. Others (especially younger men) are more strongly focused on getting to ejaculation as quickly as possible.
Research indicates that uneducated men seek out prostitutes more than educated men do. For many men, one vagina is much the same as the next. Educated men make more discerning choices over the sexual scenarios that interest them. Educated men look for more sophistication in the woman’s sexual performance including her willingness to be proactive with a lover. Educated men also expect a greater emotional connection with a lover. Education causes a person to have an increased sensitivity to the views of others. Educated men are more inclined to accept a woman’s desire to spend time getting to know a person before becoming sexually involved.
Masturbation is a substitute for the intercourse that a man may not have available. Few men would masturbate if there was an opportunity to have sex with a lover. Men have a biological sex drive but they make conscious choices over how and when they achieve orgasm. A man is also influenced by the company he keeps and the society in which he lives. Sex involves another person, which makes consent an issue. Some women, typically the young and less educated, are much more sexually willing than others.
Alfred Kinsey found that younger generations of women were better informed about orgasm. They were more inclined to say that orgasm was possible with a lover but at the same time they agreed to have sex less often than older women. He suggested that changing attitudes in society and women’s emancipation, meant that younger and more educated men were more inclined to take into account their partner’s lower desire for sex. As women gain confidence with age and experience, they are more likely to insist on their own preferences for less regular sexual activity with a lover.
For men, masturbation is usually a poor substitute for sexual activity with a lover. But for women, masturbation is the only way they can orgasm. Masturbation clearly fulfils quite different functions for men and women.
Kinsey noted that there was considerable taboo among the uneducated about masturbation. Kinsey linked male sexuality and education because of the use of fantasy. A creative imagination is likely to be an even more critical requirement of masturbation for women than it is for men. There are many few women (compared with men) who are responsive even through masturbation. Accurate statistics are difficult to obtain for women’s experience because of the ignorance over what an orgasm is.
Research indicates that less educated men are more responsive than educated men. It is odd that something such as education should have any effect on responsiveness because responsiveness is innate and not determined by environmental factors. We need to differentiate between our potential to respond to the point of orgasm and what we actually achieve. Masturbation does not satisfy men emotionally as intercourse does. So it is natural that a man who has orgasms primarily through intercourse will have more orgasms than a man who has higher rates of masturbation.
Males with the highest frequencies of masturbation are most often those who become adolescent first. These are the males who have the maximum total outlet throughout their lives (Alfred Kinsey 1948)