Think you know a woman’s body, inside and out? Think you’re a connoisseur of the female form? Take this quiz and find out. Write down your answers as you go.
1) How many places on a woman’s body have the potential to produce an orgasm?
2) The “B” cup-volume on a 34B bra is the same as the “B” cup-volume on a 40B bra.
3) Almost all women have the potential to have an orgasm through stimulation of the “G-Spot.”
4) The average American adult woman weighs:
A. Between 125 and 135 pounds
B. Between 140 and 150 pounds
C. Between 160 and 165 pounds
D. Between 170 and 180 pounds
5) A woman with a 24-inch waist (around) would be considered:
A. Too large to be a standard fashion model.
B. The correct size for a plus-sized American model.
C. Average waist-sized for an American woman.
6) Female breast sizes sometimes change on a monthly basis.
7) Most women have symmetrical breasts.
8) When sexually aroused, a woman is likely to experience a clitoral erection.
9) The average areola size for an adult woman is:
A. 1/2 inch
B. 1 inch
C. 1 ½ inches
D. 2 inches
10) An ovary is also known as a:
A. Vestibular bulb
B. Pudendal cleft
C. Female gonad
D. Fallopian tube
11) When a woman is sexually aroused, her labia minora (or small vaginal lips) engorge with blood.
12) The vulva consists of how many anatomical structures?
13) Women do not ejaculate when they have an orgasm.
14) Female pubic bones open during pregnancy.
15) A woman’s vagina is elastic, able to accommodate various penis sizes and childbirth, both of which do not change the “at rest” size of the vaginal tube/fibromuscular tubular tract.
You can relax now, guys. The quiz is over. Now, read the answers below:
1) Answer: B. There are two places on a woman’s body that have been reported to produce an orgasm, the clitoris and the vagina—usually around the controversial place called the “G-Spot.” The percentage of women who report vaginal orgasm is significantly less than clitoral orgasm, while some women report never having experienced orgasm (according to Kinsey Institute reports). The answer here rests with the “potential” to orgasm, as reported by some women (not all women). There are many scientific studies and academic debates about the vaginal orgasm, which go all the way back to Freudian theories. For example, one study found women who have vaginal orgasms have a lower resting heart rate, while other research has found “women who orgasm without clitoral stimulation are less likely on average to use certain maladaptive psychological coping mechanisms.” See this article for a current review of the research literature on vaginal orgasms.
2) Answer: B. All cup volumes change according to the bra-band size to account for the change in chest circumference. Thus, the cup size for a 34B bra will be smaller than the cups on a 40B bra, and for example, a 36D bra will have the same cup volume as a 38C bra. See the Fig Leaves fitting guide for more information on bra sizes.
3) Answer: A. Many studies have shown that only some women are capable of having an orgasm through stimulation of the “G-Spot” alone. In fact, the exact location and existence of the “G-Spot” and its name are still being debated in the scientific world, as evidenced by such studies as: “Is the Female G-Spot Truly a Distinct Anatomic Entity?” published in 2012 by The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
4) Answer: C. According to the “Anthropometric Reference Data for Children and Adults: United States, 2003-2006,” the average weight of an American woman is 164.7 pounds.
5) Answer: A. Fashion models must fit the “sample size,” which is size“O,” equivalent to a 23-inch waist size or less. (Read more about it here and here.) American plus-sized models currently range in clothing size from 6-14, with waist sizes starting at 26 inches. Whereas according to the “Anthropometric Reference Data for Children and Adults: United States, 2003-2006,” the average American woman has a waist size of 37 inches.
6) Answer: A. Due to monthly cycles, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy, women often have different sized breasts on a monthly basis. Source: “Cyclic changes in composition and volume of the breast during the menstrual cycle, measured by magnetic resonance imaging,” published by An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2005.
7) Answer: B. Most women have a small amount of asymmetry to their breasts, while pronounced asymmetry is much less common. Read how doctors answer this question here.
8) Answer: A. True: clitoral erection usually accompanies sexual arousal in women. Read more in this wiki article.
9) Answer: C. Although some women have up to four-inch areolae, the average size is 1.5 inches. Also see this academic reference to breasts (with a section “Of the Areola”), which describes the pre-pregnancy areola being approximately 1-inch and the post-pregnancy areola being approximately 2-inches in diameter.
10) Answer: C. Ovaries are considered female gonads. Vestibular bulbs are masses of erectile tissue on either side of the vagina also known as clitoral bulbs. The Pudendal cleft is the fissure between the labia majora, also known as the Cleft of Venus, and Fallopian tubes are slender ducts that allow the passage of eggs from the ovaries to the uterus.
11) Answer: A. The labia minora (the small lips of the vagina) swell with blood when a woman is sexually aroused. See, for example, this article published in 2002 by World Journal of Urology.
12) Answer: D. The vulva, which refers to external female organs (in contrast to vagina, which is the internal passageway/fibromuscular tubular tract), consists of eleven anatomical structures: the mons pubis, labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, clitoral hood, vulval vestibule, pudendal cleft, frenulum labiorum pudendi, urinary meatus, introitus, and hymen.
13) Answer: B. Although the source of the ejaculated fluids produced by some women during orgasm is still being scientifically debated, many women report having experienced some type of ejaculation. Read the abstract of a historical review of female ejaculation published in 2010 by The Journal of Sexual Medicine here.
14) Answer: B. Yes, a woman’s pubic bones (or more specifically the pubic symphysis) actually opens about 4 millimeters during childbirth.
15) Answer: A. Although you might come across hundreds of articles that discuss the size of the female vagina, and while 1) vagina sizes vary a couple of centimeters among individual women, 2) the labia of the individual female vulva may change over time (and become stretched), 3) a woman may have stronger or weaker pelvic floor muscles due to exercise and health, and 4) the vagina temporarily contracts (gets tighter) with swelling when a woman is aroused—the actual vagina/tube does not permanently change in width or length due to penetration or childbirth. Don’t believe me? Check out this article from the Kinsey Institute.
(13-15 Questions Correct)
RANK 1: FBI – DIRECTOR
You’re a veritable female body investigator genius! You know a woman’s body, inside and out, maybe even better than she knows it herself! You know where to touch her to make her go “ooohhh,” and you’ll never be the type of male who compares her to other women or judges her for her unique physical qualities. You might be found in a room with your wife as she gives childbirth—or maybe you’re the doctor!
(10-12 questions correct)
RANK 2: FBI – DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF
You’re a very knowledgeable female body investigator. You may not know everything about a woman’s body, but you’re getting there! You know how to move around a woman’s body, and you aren’t scared by the intricacies you find there. You may have a few preconceived notions hanging around, but overall, you’d make (or already do make) an excellent lover.
(7-9 Questions Correct)
RANK 3: FBI – SPECIAL AGENT
You’re a female body investigator-investigator. You care just enough about the individual woman’s body to please her short-term, but you’re probably not ready to please a woman long-term because you’re too busy investigating other women. You think you know a lot, but eventually, you’ll come across a woman who won’t let you slide by so easily.
(4-6 Questions Correct)
RANK 4: FBI – PROBATIONARY AGENT
You’re a female body investigator on probation. This rank is only here so that you don’t feel bad about your score, but you could definitely use a little improvement in knowledge (and in the bedroom).
(0-3 Questions Correct)
SERIOUS WARNING: YOU HAVE FAILED THE ACADEMY AND ARE CURRENTLY AN UN-RANKED FBI. BACK TO SCHOOL.
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