The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality
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  • March 2004
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The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality

Shere Hite

This is a reproduction of the classic text with a new introduction by the author. The Hite Report, first published in 1976, was a sexual revolution in six hundred pages. To answer sensitive questions dealing with the most intimate details of women's sexuality, Hite's innovation was simple: she asked women, a lot of them, everything—and published the results.

One hundred thousand women, ages fourteen to seventy-eight, were asked what they do and don't like about sex; how orgasm really feels, with and without intercourse; how it feels not to have an orgasm during sex; the importance of clitoral stimulation and masturbation; and to name the greatest pleasures and frustrations of their sexual lives, among many other questions.

The Hite Report declares that orgasm is easy and strong for women, given the right stimulation; that most women have orgasm most easily during masturbation or clitoral stimulation by hand; that sex as we define it is a cultural institution, not a biological one; and that attitudes must change to include the stimulation women desire.

REVIEWS

"A frankness and directness not usually seen in print … Many female readers can closely identify with these intimate revelations." —Time

"The first major literary breakthrough in this field since the work of Masters and Johnson." —The Literary Guild

About Shere Hite

SHERE HITE, cultural historian, is internationally recognized for her work on psychosexual behavior and gender relations. Dr. Hite, visiting professor of gender and culture at Nihon University in Japan and previously instructor of female sexuality at New York University, has lectured at universities around the world including the Sorbonne, Harvard, Columbia, Cambridge, Oxford, the London School of Economics and others. Director of the National Organization for Women’s feminist sexuality project from 1972 to 1978, since that time she has directed Hite Research International. Hite also writes regularly for international newspapers and journals, as well as continuing to direct the expanding activities of Hite Research.

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