Tops, Bottoms, Switches: One Final Glance At All Study Data | Autostraddle

Hey and introducing all of our final trip in to the annals of data obtained by me personally, away from you, with regards to your emotions concerning the intimate terms and conditions top / bottom / switch. We have now already talked about:

Now we are going to look at the study answers as a whole, and exactly how many other identities, practices, lifestyle conditions and interactions intersect with the identities I made a decision to truly truly demolish over the last several months.

Merely a Reminder

One final time with experience, this is how the numbers shook :

Best: 12per cent // Bottom: 14.3% // change: 51.6percent // nothing in the Above; 13.4% // I’m Not Sure: 8.9%

Looking at Most Of The Information

Gender Acts

We’ve broken down interest in various gender functions by intimate identification in earlier articles. Some tips about what the complete class is into:

Notably, despite there getting slightly a lot more soles than surfaces inside our party, y’all choose to give things above accept them more or less across the board — unless it requires getting the mouth area or finger in someone’s anus, of which point you’d like to have a person do it to you than do it to someone! Interesting.

Intimate Volume

Survey-takers happened to be expected « Within the past 6 months, how frequently have you, normally, had gender? » This is one way that proved:

Your « Other/Complicated » choice, survey-takers had been necessary to describe their circumstance. I experienced those and pulled all ones that have been about long-distance connections making that into unique category, in addition to pulled solutions that performed consist of a definite measure of sexual regularity and included those on their respective groups. Just before doing so, around 10per cent of participants selected Other/Complicated, usually simply because they thought just selecting one of many provided responses did not tell the entire tale. Aside from cross country people explaining durations of day-to-day intercourse alternating by periods of no sex, the most common conditions discussed right here had been people in uncharacteristic dry means due to surgery, illness, despair or having anti-depressants.

There wasn’t any considerable correlation between top/bottom/switch identification and just how often you have intercourse. In fact, in addition to staying in a relationship or otherwise not, not a great deal impacted how often you reported having sexual intercourse in a statistically considerable method. Although
many research shows opposite-sex couples make love more frequently than same-sex feminine couples
, the queers on our very own study have been dating males were having sexual intercourse at nearly similar prices as those dating ladies.

In addition maintaining actually rate with one another? Those in monogamous and non-monogamous connections, in-line
together with the link between our 2015 Lesbian gender review
. We can not really evaluate the two surveys since they happened to be two different self-selected samples, but it had been interesting that 2018 group was wanting


having way less sex on the whole compared to the 2015 party. Probably as a result of existential fear!

Sexual Experience and Positioning

Best tended to have had more lifetime intimate lovers than the some other teams. 19per cent of surfaces have ridden the hobby-horse with well over ten ladies and 8% along with 20, versus 9% and 3% for soles and 16percent and 5% for changes.

Best had been also the lowest expected to have had sex with one — 43per cent have not, compared to 37percent of bottoms and 33% of changes.

Intimate Orientation

Discover the essential breakdown of the group by intimate direction:

Some mentioned correlations:

  • 65per cent of Pansexuals identify as changes, when compared with 51% from the whole party and 50% of lesbians and bisexuals.
  • 51.5percent of surfaces identify as lesbians, compared to 44per cent of soles and 42% of switches.
  • 19percent of bisexuals identify as soles, versus 14percent for the whole class.
  • 15per cent of lesbians and 18% of homosexual people identified as surfaces, in comparison to 8.6% of bisexuals, 7% of pansexuals, 11percent of queers and 12percent of this entire class.

Gender Identity and Presentation

Listed here is just how y’all experience your sex today:

talked about in our blog post on surfaces
, all of our review revealed your « masculine spouse = top » and « feminine partner = bottom » stereotype (that has been, back in the day, an outright directive) has a lot of fact to it, however it absolutely can’t be used across the board.

Around 8per cent of these exactly who identified as large femme or hard femme identified as covers, versus 12percent of the whole group. Around 8percent of soft butches and masculine-of-center individuals defined as bottoms, compared to 14per cent of most survey-takers.

« Switch » was actually, definitely, the most common identification for every groups, with between 50 and 60 percent aligning themselves with switchiness — really the only sex demonstration with not as much as 50 percent getting switch-aligned ended up being butches, just who only skipped the level at 49%. Tomboy femmes very nearly tipped the scale into the other-direction yet not quite — 59percent are inclined to changing it. But, as discussed from the surfaces article, its never ever safe to think just what a person’s into based on their unique sex presentation.

Numerous butches and femmes quoted inside surfaces article expressed aggravation which they happened to be assumed is a high or bottom part because of the sex speech.

We also found some variances within sex identity and trans standing also — that way trans women happened to be the most likely to identify as bottoms. Non-binary/genderqueer guys were more than likely to recognize as tops, but all of our trial dimensions for the party (16) had been too little to draw any considerable results.

Moreover it looks that non-binary/genderqueer ladies had been most likely to determine as changes, and agender individuals had been probably to « not very sure. » Maybe there can be a general relationship between becoming switches and determining with language that some might think about oxymoronic, like « tomboy femme » and « non-binary girl. »

Geography – Global

69per cent of survey respondents originated in the U.S. and 31% were away from U.S.. There had been slightly more Europeans identifying as « none from the preceding » (17.6percent, when compared to 13percent of individuals into the U.S. and 11percent of Canadians). « I live in Europe, purpose in French (and Dutch), and some cause « top », « bottom » and « switch » listed here are generally put on sexual encounters between two male-identified men and women, » had written one European, although become fair, many Us citizens had the same impact.

« I don’t feel the need to apply classes, » typed another. « i believe their demanding and excludes possibility to discover without making a complete big issue from it and panders to stockbuilding (as happens with kinds of identity). But i realize it is apparently quite anything within the US. »

We only had 109 survey-takers in Australia, however, if that team is consultant however would wish to provide a tip of the hat on land right here and all sorts of my buddies and household just who reside there, you have got evaded the alleged top shortage plaguing this nation with an extraordinary 16.5per cent clothes / 5.5% soles proportion.

Asia and Canada had comparable variety of men and women distinguishing using these terms since the U.S., and in addition we didn’t have enough participants in South America, Africa or Mexico to attract considerable conclusions.

Geography – U.S.

83percent of review respondents lived in a city or significant metro area and 17.25percent in outlying places. We provided U.S. residents a choice of showing if they lived in nine certain cities/metro areas, otherwise they may state « i really do maybe not live in these cities or metro places, but I do reside in a city/major metro area » or « i really do perhaps not are now living in a city or metro place. »

Lots of commenters chimed directly into mention the nine places we included weren’t the greatest locations inside country or perhaps the most LGBT-populated towns and cities. This is definitely appropriate. In the interest of full disclosure: there is an author undertaking an item about among those nine towns therefore planned to collect information about this area particularly, nonetheless it appeared strange to only enquire about one area, so we put in eight other people more or less off of the surfaces in our heads: nyc, San Francisco/Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis/St.Paul, Portland and Seattle.

Only 21 participants happened to be from Atlanta, a sample dimensions too little for analysis. So we’re looking at those eight metropolises and also other unlabeled city-dwellers (that we included Atlanta visitors to) and non-city people. So you can arrange your grains of sodium correctly, here are the wide range of responses I Got from each urban area: Portland, otherwise – 63, L. A. – 96, New York – 212, Chicago – 85, Seattle – 91, San Francisco/Bay Neighborhood – 124, Minneapolis/St.Paul – 53, Boston – 101.

This data ended up being pretty interesting and then If only we might asked about a lot more metropolitan areas! The purposes of this evaluation,

We cut out the « I’m not sure » group

, because SurveyMonkey mentioned we did not have adequate individuals choosing that choice for mathematically significant effects.

In order to examine city-specific information to your as a whole data, after that, the entire numbers for your group with the « I don’t know »s eliminated are: Top (14%), Bottom (15%), Switch (56.6percent), Nothing of the preceding (14.5per cent)

  • Finest percentage of covers:

    L. a. (22percent), New York (17.4percent), non-city/metro-areas (16.2per cent).

  • Best portion of covers:

    San Francisco/Bay Neighborhood (7per cent), Boston (9.7percent), Portland (10.2percent)

Concerning tops inside the non-city/metro places, a « top scarcity » concept we had written straight down in my own notebook was « ALL OF THE TOPS ARE IN THE WOODS / ABOUT FARM? » Nevertheless learn where else the clothes are? On the 405 or hoping to get a seat from the L practice from the Bedford end during rush hour.

  • Finest portion of bottoms:

    Minneapolis/St.Paul (24per cent), Boston (19per cent), L. A. (17.4%)

  • Best portion of soles:

    San Francisco/Bay Neighborhood (12.4%), New York (13.3%), Portland (13.6percent)

It appears the soles are on the 405 and many are increasingly being beneficial service-oriented next-door neighbors with their man Midwesterners.

  • Highest portion of changes:

    Portland (66per cent), San Francisco/Bay Region (60per cent), Seattle (55.6per cent)

Portland is actually DTF, y’all, and very happy to change it up to be able to suit your needs!

  • Finest portion of « nothing with the Above »:

    San Francisco/Bay Neighborhood (19.3percent), Minneapolis/St.Paul (19.15percent), Chicago (17%)

People of san francisco bay area want to blaze unique damn trails.

Think about kink?

  • Cities with the most kink-identified individuals:

    San Francisco/Bay Area (29.5%), Minneapolis (25.5per cent), La (25.5per cent)

  • Cities with folks who are both kinky


    down for kinky intercourse:

    Seattle (87%), Minneapolis (83%), Portland (80%)

If there’s something particular you had been interested in learning based on the data We obtained or even the open-answer questions we asked, inform me when you look at the feedback and in case feasible, I am able to deal with them in another article!

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