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France: masturbation among young people by gender January 2019

As of January 2019, 80 percent of French males aged 18 to 34 years old and 64 percent of French females the same age declared that they practiced and enjoyed masturbation. When looking at other studies, it may be stated that men tend to masturbate more than women. However, younger generations, influenced by feminism and the #MeToo movement, appear to be more open-minded about women’s sexuality.

A gender gap in masturbation?

According to results of the survey, conducted among French Millennials (which means people born between 1980 and 1999), young males practiced masturbation more than their female counterparts. Moreover, 15 percent of young French women declared that they have never masturbated, compared to 3 percent of males. This gap also seems to be relevant when it comes to the frequency of masturbation. In a survey from 2014, most of French women who had masturbated in the last three months declared that they masturbated at least once a month. When the same question was asked to French men, the majority of them answered that they masturbated at least once a week.

Women’s sexuality

Generally speaking, gender differences in masturbation practices can be seen in every country. In the United States men seem to masturbate alone more than women, regardless of age. In the Netherlands, 33 percent of females never masturbate, compared to 16 percent of males. Interestingly enough, in 2015 in France, 70 percent of women declared that masturbation was one of the sexual practices that makes it easy for them to reach orgasm, while 65 percent said that penetration allowed them to easily reach orgasm.

Masturbation among people aged 18 to 34 years in France as of January, 2019, by gender

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Release date

January 2019



Survey time period

January 29, 2019

Number of respondents

207,670 respondents

Age group

18-34 years

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*n(women) = 125,901; n(men )= 81,769

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