This story was originally published on CNN. CNN All you have to do is watch nearly any depiction of female orgasm on screen to get an idea of how a woman is "supposed" to react during sex. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Photos: Hollywood's steamiest sex scenes. It isn't the first movie with risque scenes that had moviegoers titillated. Hide Caption. Their initial sleepover, set to the tune of Maxwell's "Sumthin' Sumthin'," is one that'll threaten to set fire to your TV.
Years later, there is still talk about hidden messages. Turns out that steamy scene wasn't as fun for the actress: "If anyone is ever planning on having sex on top of a pile of cash: don't," Robbie said in an interview with The Daily Beast.
The movie, directed by Lars von Trier, was split into two parts and released in spring From "When Harry Met Sally" to "Sex and the City" to your basic porn film, women in the throes of passion aren't just shouting their ecstasy from the rooftops, they're moaning with pleasure. But is this just cinematic license, or is there really something to noisy sex? The ancient evolutionary origin of the elusive female orgasm. Experts wondered the same thing. In , Gayle Brewer of the University of Central Lancashire and Colin Hendrie of the University of Leeds published their research on the topic -- technically known as "copulatory vocalization" -- in the Archives of Sexual Behavior.
In the study, they asked 71 sexually active heterosexual women between ages 18 and 48 for more details about vocalization during sex. The researchers found that many of the women did make noise but not necessarily while they were having an orgasm. Is there such a thing as 'good porn'? So is female vocalization during sex just a performance for a guy's benefit? After all, Meg Ryan's over-the-top moans were meant to prove a point to "Harry" that men are easily duped by a fake orgasm. So it would be a fairly wise faking strategy to moan since men already tend to associate moaning with orgasm.
Want better sleep, better mood and better sex? Cut calories. Fake or not, women aren't the only primates who vocalize during sex. Research in the animal kingdom reveals that female baboons, for example, have a variety of copulation calls, which appear to relate to their fertility: The vocalizations tend to become more complex when the females are closer to ovulation and vary when a female is mating with a higher-ranked male baboon. Female macaque monkeys give a shout to help trigger their mates' orgasm, too. Performances and primatologists aside, vocalizing during sex can actually be a great tool to help women get what they want in bed.
As I discussed in my column on the topic of talking about sex, it isn't always easy to translate sexual thought into action, so a little strategic moaning can definitely help get the point across. Use vocalization to teach your partner what feels good.
It can help you say, 'stop, go, yes, more please,' without sounding like a traffic cop. How much sex should you be having? And when it comes to noise, "partner benefit isn't the only piece of the puzzle," Mark said. Brisben concurred: "I think there are many women who need to be vocal to help themselves achieve orgasm. It helps move them and their orgasm along.
There are certainly phases. As a woman gets into it, she may become extremely vocal and then move into a period of quiet as she is on the verge. So do what feels right to you. Any other benefits are just a great bonus. And when it comes to "copulatory vocalization," perhaps men should take a lesson from the ladies. Join the conversation. It's not about faking or doing something you don't want to, but more about being sexually present and in sync with each other.