According to new research, fewer than seven out of 10 Australians consider themselves to be completely heterosexual and heterosexual men are beginning to embrace the anal orgasm.

The 2011/2012 Great Australian Sex Census, an initiative of the Australian Sex Party, the Eros Association, Sexpo and adult dating website, surveyed 15,000 Australians. Only
68.8 percent of respondents were exclusively heterosexual in their attractions.

Just over 6 percent of men identified as homosexual, 12.1 percent as bisexual and 13.1 percent as bi-curious.

Of the women surveyed, 2.3 percent identified as lesbian, 20.6 percent as bisexual, and 17.2 percent as bi-curious.

Almost 18 percent of male respondents reported enjoying receiving anal sex while another 15.4 percent were curious about receiving anal sex.

Australian sexologist Dr Nikki Goldstein told the Star Observer the results did not surprise her.

“It seems to be a trend that’s taken off after US writer Dan Savage wrote a column asking readers what the act where a straight woman penetrates a straight man anally should be called, and they came up with the word ‘pegging’, so it got a lot of publicity,” Goldstein said.

“I think that normalised it for a lot of people. There’s now a lot of curiosity in Australian men about looking at penetration as a specific sexual act, as opposed to being linked with a particular sexual identity.

“However, there is still a really strong stigma about any kind of anal play that’s classified as gay, which is a real shame because anal play can be really enjoyable for both men and women.”

Goldstein said a rise in people having anal sex pointed to a need to add information about it into sex education.

“I don’t understand why that isn’t taught in the mainstream,” she said.

“There are a lot of people out there having really uncomfortable experiences with it because of a lack of education on the specifics on how you have anal sex.

“If someone wants to have anal sex, that’s their choice, but we should at least be telling them the facts, the anatomy and how the body works.”

The survey also found widespread support for LGBTI people having the same rights as other Australians, with 58.3 percent supporting same-sex marriage, 59.8 percent supporting the right of same-sex couples to adopt and 57 percent supporting lesbian couples’ access to reproductive technologies.

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