Lorraine Kelly was left ‘astounded’ by some shocking orgasm news when discussing female pleasure with Dame Emma Thompson.
The 63-year-old actress plays a widowed teacher in new comedy Good Luck To You, Leo Grande, in which Dame Emma’s character hires a male escort, played by Peaky Blinders’ Daryl McCormack, in the hope of having her first orgasm.
Discussing her character, Dame Emma explained: ‘She’s someone who has been widowed and is looking back at her life and thinking, “I’m not sure that I’ve actually experienced a really essential part of life, sexual pleasure of really any kind, ever.” She’s never had an orgasm.’
‘Never, ever, ever?’ Lorraine probed.
‘Never,’ Dame Emma confirmed. ‘Not even on her own.’
The Love Actually star went on to explain that ‘15% of women have never had an orgasm,’ and Lorraine couldn’t believe what she was hearing.
‘Seriously?!’ she exclaimed, while Dame Emma repeated: ‘15%!’
‘Something has to be done,’ Lorraine replied.
‘It’s interesting isn’t it about how that could happen and whether we’re really honest about sex,’ Dame Emma replied.
‘I don’t think we are,’ Lorraine added.
While the news may have surprised Lorraine, ‘the orgasm gap’ isn’t an unheard of concept.
Insights from the International Academy of Sex Research found that 95% of heterosexual men usually or always orgasm during sex, compared to only 65% of heterosexual women.
Recent research shows that lockdown has made things worse for women, too, with 78% of British women climaxing less frequently since isolating with their spouse.
Later in the segment, Lorraine returned to the subject as she still couldn’t quite believe it, saying: ‘I’m astounded that 15% of women have never orgasmed ever ever ever, that’s actually really sad, because, like you said, it’s a huge part of our lives!
‘It’s not the best part of our lives we can admit, but it’s part of what we are.’
Dame Emma added: ‘We’re perfectly happy to investigate our other forms of pleasure, we’re obsessed with food, why don’t we dedicate a bit more time to investigating what actually does give us pleasure, and women’s pleasure is never at the top of anyone’s agenda because that’s how it is.’
She added that ‘it’s free’ which left Lorraine in a fit of giggles, saying: ‘That’s one of the best things I’ve ever heard, it’s free!’
‘I mean what forms of entertainment these days and true pleasure are actually free and for nothing?! And you don’t actually need anyone else to be there at all!’ Lorraine continued.
Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.