So writes Dr. Abraham Morgantaler in Why Men Fake It: The Totally Unexpected Truth About Men and Sex, which chronicles real-life cases of men whose climaxes are, in reality, rather anti-climactic.
Why do they do it? In many cases, for exactly the same reason women do it:
“In their minds, it’s actually a form of kindness,” Morgantaler said in an interview with Salon. “They’re kind of letting the other person know that they’ve done a good job.”
But since that theory alone isn’t enough to fill a 320-page volume, Morgantaler’s book also explores dozens of other factors that indicate why men — or nearly a third of them, anyway — put on a show of orgasmic delight when actually coming up short.
Such factors include erectile dysfunction, shifting societal gender roles, changing household norms and a slew of other reasons for dudes to have a bark worse than their bite, orgasmically speaking.
Of course, the question of “why” is rather less interesting than the question of “how.” How can men fake something that, by its very nature, produces physical evidence of its occurrence?
Morgantaler isn’t divulging:
“Would it be terrible of me if I left that as a tease for your reader to actually get into the book?” he replied to his Salon interviewer. “It feels like giving away the ending of a whodunnit.”
Given the subject matter, perhaps it’s more of a who-didn’t-dunnit.