Asking a man what his favorite sex position is kind of like choosing his favorite type of pizza. They’re all extraordinary. Yet, numerous studies keep asking men and women about their favorite sex positon year after year. The latest comes from online doctoral service Dr. Ed, who interviewed more than 2,000 people from the U.K., Europe and the U.S. to determine a universal, cross-cultural answer.

We’ll give it to you straight: Doggy style kicked ass. The position garnered 35 percent of men and women’s votes. In a distant second is missionary with 23 percent, followed by cowgirl. Surprisingly, oral, anal and tabletop (so, sex on a tabletop I guess?) came in last. Doggy style was also a favorite across the sexuality spectrum, acquiring top votes from straight, bisexual and gay subjects. It was also the top vote among Americans.

Though relatively unanimous, this research follows another large survey of 1,200 Women’s Health readers who were asked which five positions they loathed most. The winner in this case? Doggy style. The reasons cited in this instance were that the position is impersonal, but also quite painful. While the position does allow for deeper penetration, it also increases the likelihood of hitting her cervix. Which can hurt like hell. (Or so I’ve heard.) But then again, just last week Playboy writer Eden Dranger included doggy style as her number-one pick in 5 Sex Position Men Think Women Hate, so you know, the cycle continues.

Because of the constant discrepancy, I decided to ask porn icon and director Joanna Angel for reasons why she thinks doggy is America’s favorite position. Her leading argument? In an age where perception is everything, doggy is the most visually appealing.

“In addition to the fact that it hits the g-spot for most women, it looks cool,” Angel surmises. “These days we all like to put our sex lives on Snapchat or film it for ourselves in order to enjoy later.” In women’s defense, Angel argues that men’s egos often get in the way during doggy, which means guys have a tendency to disregard feelings of intimacy in favor of machismo. Women don’t dig that.

Angel recalls a bad experience with doggy: “The first time I ever had anal sex was with my not-so-well endowed boyfriend at the time,” she starts. “I decided doggy was the best position to try it in. He slowly got his penis in and, well, moments later, I said ‘Honey put it in already!’ He was horribly insulted. We broke up the next day.“

To ensure you don’t share Angel’s ex’s shameful fate, there are a number of tried-and-tested modifications for the position that can make it satisfying for everyone involved.

A common adjustment is to begin in standard doggy and have your partner lower herself down so she’s resting on her elbows. In this position, a woman can better reach her clitoris and she can adjust her body higher and lower to find the angle that she’s most comfortable in. Angel recommends you give standing doggy a shot as well, just make sure your partner has something at waist-height to lean on so she’s at a 90-degree angle.

Angel also likes doggy with one leg up, resting her knee against the man’s outer hip. This position is less seductively known as “peeing doggy.” Her final variation begins in standard doggy, but requires the woman to pull herself upward so her torso is parallel with his, making it easier to kiss, grope, tease, stimulate the clitoris (I’m repeating this for effect) and so on.

But because Angel didn’t sing doggy’s praises like much of the public does, I wanted to know what position she favors. Any guesses? Believe it or not, it’s missionary. “I wish it could get re-named!” Angel asserts. “I’ve had so much not-very-standard sex in the so-called standard position.“