Sex Survey

This via Emily:

Most surveys about sex find impossibly that men have had far more partners than women, typically two to four times as many.

Either there are a bunch of phantom females out there, or somebody is lying.

Not necessarily.  If you take 10 women and 1 man in a village, and the man sleeps with all 10 women, the statistics would show that the man has had 10 times more partners than the women.  There is no reason why this logic could not have produced the numbers returned by the surveys under scrutiny.

That said, he’d have to be an implausibly lucky chap.

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3 Responses to Sex Survey

  1. W. Shedd says:

    Sure, but the numbers still add up to 10 sex acts on the male side of the ledger .. and 10 sex acts (total) on the female side of the ledger.

    What that article talks about is that sides of the equation don’t balance. Women report fewer sex acts than men. What the original article speculates is that women remember and count individual sex acts – which usually leads to under-reporting (because they want to forget our scummy scruffy faces).

    Meanwhile, we men tend to go … um .. 10 .. 20 .. 30 .. well, over 50 at least. We will estimate, which tends to lead to over-reporting.

    At least that is the social scientists theory.

    This reminds me of another joke. Why are women terrible at estimating distances? Because they are constantly being told that this –>………………………

  2. Men and women both lie. If a guy and a girl have both had 10 partners, the girl will claim 4 tops and the guy will brag he’s had 30.

    There might also be the Clinton type problem, what exactly is sex? He’s not alone among Americans in thinking that oral sex doesn’t count as a sex act, whereas for a British person it certainly would. Maybe women and men define sex differently, a guy would certainly count, um, receiving oral sex as a conquest, even if that’s all that happened and it only happened once, while the women certainly wouldn’t put that down on her list.

  3. Cade says:

    Americans finally realize the try-before-you-buy works just as well with sex as it does with commodities. Rather than marrying and then shacking up with hot sex coming after the nuptuals, Americans are increasingly putting out before putting on the wedding rings.Women are just as likely as men to get it on before matrimony.
    I think this is just the sign of the times. I mean, we like to test things, try them out, before making a purchase. Why should sex and marriage be any different? The stigma associated with pre-marital sex is dead. Long live free love!

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