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A sexy selfie: snapshot of Australians' sex lives

Between the sheets: what Aussies are doing in bed.

Between the sheets: what Aussies are doing in bed. Photo: Aleksandar Nakic

Utterly shameless, the Great Australian Sex Census is at it again. Seeking to go where, they say, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will not, they are looking to slide right between the sheets with us all.

The questions in the survey, which launched on Friday, go straight to the slippery side of what we do in bed. Or what we do in the shower, as 77.6 per cent of the 2011/2012 respondents had done, or what we want to do whilst skydiving.

Yep, having sex in the midst of freefall was at the top of the sex bucket list for around 3 per cent of adrenaline-rush-loving - and clearly extremely co-ordinated - respondents from the last survey.

Now in its third year, the survey has on average 10,000 respondents and looks at our sexual habits, frequency and preferences as a nation.

Some of the findings from the 2011/2012 survey are unsurprising.

Threesomes are number one on our sexual bucket list, for instance while tradies, men in uniform and emergency services workers are considered to be the sexiest professions. The "jackhammer" is about the least favourite sex "position" and, generally speaking, men tend to orgasm during sex more than women.

Other results, however strip back the stereotypes.

Brunettes are more popular than blondes, fake breasts are seen as a turn-off for the majority and most people, if we love our partner, would stick around even if the sex was rubbish.

This is not all that is surprising when you pull back the covers.

The capital of our country is known as the capital of porn. This is because the ACT is the only Australian jurisdiction where making hardcore porn films is legal and porn was once, along with pinewood, Canberra's biggest export.

But, Western Australia, it turns out, is the home of home-made porn. Over 40 per cent of West Australian respondents admitted they have been videotaped having sex.

And while tradies might be the masters of their tools, they don't necessarily have the biggest tools in the shed. No, that honour goes to the humble HR consultants of the country (who are considered among the least-sexy professions).

At an average of nearly 18 centimetres (7.05 inches) when erect, they stand head and er... just a head of the rest, shall we say. Well, they self-report that they do anyway. Standing strong beside them are chemists (7 inches on average) and construction workers (6.98 inches).

Speaking of bigging themselves up, on a world scale, it seems African and South American men are at the top of the length leader board. According to one collation of self-reported penis data, the average length in the Congo is 7.1 inches, followed by 7 inches in Ecuador and 6.8 inches in Ghana. Based on this (non-scientific) report, Australian men are 16th on a world scale behind Kiwis and Poms, but ahead of the Irish and the Americans. The Koreans come in at the end, with the average length for men in both North and South Korea, measuring a self-reported 3.8 inches.

But, as the saying goes, it's what you do with it that counts. And, if all else fails, most respondents admitted to enjoying both giving and receiving oral sex.

To be a part of the survey, which runs until April 14, and help provide insight into our intimate activities, go to www.sexcensus.com.au

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