For years, female pleasure was an unmentionable, shoved into the same shadowy territory as menstruation and masturbation. Now, thanks in part to science and feminism opening up dialogues about desire, it's far less taboo to research and discuss why women fake orgasms.
If you frequent women's lifestyle publications, this topic is about as common as listicles of sex positions for maximum female pleasure. The so-called "orgasm gap" has finally been unmasked, and women are more free to take sex into their own hands (sometimes very literally, if you get my drift).
Here's what we know: according to a Cosmopolitan survey, half of women orgasm most or every time they have sex with a male partner.
Given this state of affairs, it's not difficult to see the makings of "faking it." But why, exactly, do women do it? Here's what drives some to engage in a faux climax or two:
As mate guarding behaviour