Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll, Baby!
From the article:
29 percent of American men report having 15 or more female sexual partners in a lifetime, while only 9 percent of women report having sex with 15 or more men.
The median number of lifetime female sexual partners for men was seven; the median number of male partners for women was four.
I’m sorry, but when I read the two lines above right away my bullshit-meter goes off. I have no scientific proof of why it’s going off, just personal experience. While in college, the majority of my friends (both male and female) were having sex with anything that moved. Basically, it was 4 years of sexual exploration for everyone I knew (myself included).
The very first thought I had when I saw the article was about reporting inaccuracies. Individuals tend to under report activities, when answering surveys on personal behavior, because they tend to feel that their actions may be judged as negative or they are not comfortable in the survey setting (e.g. – the survey was face to face, lack of anonymity).
This survey, however, was administered by “computer-assisted self-interviews”. Essentially, a method that utilizes technology to removes a human interviewer in order to provide the interviewee with a sense of privacy and security so a higher degree of accuracy can be achieved in the answers given.
In theory, the CASI would create an environment that would facilitate honest answer (and remove my doubt about self-reporting inaccuracies) but still, my gut says the results are off.
I wonder what Masters and Johnson ever did any in-depth research on this topic….