Oy vey. This is one of those articles where I just want to shake people by the collar and say “FOR REALZ?”
In a nutshell: The Great American Male Survey (conducted by the experts over at AskMen.com) polled men about how many sexual partners make a woman “promiscuous.” Want to guess the winning response? Five. Sigh.
Well Said: Read Chiara Atik’s response on HowAboutWe in which she does some handy math involving average age of virginity-loss and average age of marriage and all of the years of celibacy that a “five” might require.
Methodological Concerns: The question was asked in a non-gender neutral way. While probably intentional, I think you might get more interesting results if you took out the gender references. Ask “At what point does a person become sexually promiscuous?” instead of “At what point does a woman become sexually promiscuous?” I wonder if men might give a little more leeway if they were potentially measuring themselves and their buds.
Worth Noting: Interesting that Americans are the most conservative regarding the promiscuity question. They are more than twice as likely as Brits to think 5 partners crosses a line. In fact, 9% of British dudes pinned the promiscuity line at 50 partners.
Other Fun Results: About half of dudes would dump girlfriends if they got “fat.” 25% responded “I have no sex life” to the question “How satisfied are you with your sex life.” (Maybe they shouldn’t dump their girlfriends when they get fat.) 55% think they can tell when women fake orgasms, which is almost as funny as the 23% that are sure of it.
Related Post: This is almost as irritating as that terrible Atlantic piece about “granting sex.”
Related Post: And it might even be as dumb as the WSJ article about why girls dress like prostitutes.