And those two-minute quickies so often portrayed on TV? We know better. Sandra Lindholm, a clinical psychologist and sex therapist from Walnut Creek, California, told Mic that women usually require 20 to 40 minutes of arousal and touching before experiencing an orgasm. “Women tend to be more like Crock-Pots. We have to be more slowly aroused,” she explained, “whereas men tend to be like microwaves: They can be turned on fast and the goal is orgasm.”

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