The Journal of Sexual Medicine has released a new sex survey about who’s boning whom and how, where, why and at what age, and as one might imagine, it’s quite revealing.

Mostly, reports William Saletan of Slate, it has some interesting findings regarding butt sex. Turns out that anal is on the rise, which surprises no one, but also that more women who report having anal also report having orgasms:

“Among women who had vaginal sex in their last encounter, the percentage who said they reached orgasm was 65. Among those who received oral sex, it was 81. But among those who had anal sex, it was 94. Anal sex outscored cunnilingus.”

Apparently, the report found that women who regularly tried different things in the sack were more sexually satisfied — so, a little fellatio here, some vaginal intercourse there, throw in some anal for good measure and BAM, 94%.

But unfortunately, in his research of the topic, Saletan had only read accounts of women who hate it in the butt, because here’s his take on this ograsa-nomenon:

“So why did the inclusion of anal sex bump the orgasm figure up to 94 percent? It didn’t. The causality runs the other way. Women who were getting what they wanted were more likely to indulge their partners’ wishes. It wasn’t the anal sex that caused the orgasms. It was the orgasms that caused the anal sex.”

Later, after hearing from women who like anal in the comments, Saletan confirmed that his depiction of anal sex as some sort of reward for men who get their women off sprang from his lack of research…or, he suggests, women’s lack of willingness to shout out their enjoyment of ass penetration:

I’ll confess I began with skepticism because of the obvious physiological factors (and non-factors) and because there is so much anecdotal evidence from women who hate it. (e.g. http://www.democraticwings.com/democraticwings/archives/womens_rights/3078.php) But even if the vast majority of women feel that way, a minority who like it — and who don’t speak up loudly about their opinions, for obvious reasons — could produce the numbers seen in this survey (around 7% monthly, and 3-4% in last encounter).

I don’t want to jump down Saletan’s throat here, because…I don’t know, I’m not in the mood. But I’m more than a little surprised by his analysis of the situation, mostly because I do not find women to be at all shy about enjoying taking it in the ass. Sure, some women hate it. But I know more women who either like it, or like a finger up there, or like trying new things, that Saletan’s suggestion that they’d be having anal sex only for their partner’s pleasure seems completely off the mark.

What about you? Do you know women (or are you one) who like it in the butt?