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Thursday, 1 June, 2000, 07:20 GMT 08:20 UK
UK women 'most sexually confident'
A sex expert has claimed British women are among the most sexually confident in the English-speaking world - and the least satisfied with the performance of their male partners.

Dr Shere Hite has published a new version of her 1976 publishing blockbuster The Hite Report on Female Sexuality, which discussed the sexual attitudes of American women.

In her new book, published on Thursday, Dr Hite says women in the UK want more sex than their counterparts in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

The UK woman is also more positive about the benefits of the sexual revolution, and are less embarrassed about their genitalia.

However, Dr Hite says British women are also the least satisfied with their men.

They complain that their partners do not know how to satisfy them and sex is too routine.

The original Hite Report sold 20 million copies and was seen as an important catalyst for changing the way people saw women's sexual needs and desires.

The new book scrutinises the differences between women in the US, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

Wealth of statistics

It provides statistics on how many women fake orgasms, how often they masturbate and what they think of British men as lovers.

Thousands of women from the four countries were interviewed for the new report.

Dr Hite found that 29% of British women said they wanted sex every day, compared with 22% of Australians and 24% of New Zealanders.

While a third of American women think their genitalia are ugly, only 12% of British women expressed the same opinion.

And just 14% of UK women thought the sexual revolution had "cheapened" sex, compared with 17% of New Zealanders and one in five Australian women.

In interviews, British women were much more likely than their international counterparts to point out the positive aspects of the sexual revolution.

But while British women are portrayed as sexually confident and self-assured, their men come off worst in the report.

Two thirds said their partners are ill-informed about the sexual desires of a woman's body and only one in three praised their lover's skill and imagination between the sheets.

More than 60% of British women complained that sex with a man followed a routine pattern, compared with 44% of New Zealand women.

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