It's a question that often prompts a boastful answer or a bashful one: How many sex partners have you had?
Now the federal government says it has authoritative statistics, documenting that men are far more likely to play the field than women. Also, about 96 percent of U.S. adults have had sex by the age of 20.
A new nationwide survey, using high-tech methods to solicit candid answers on sexual activity and illegal drug use, finds that 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.
Wow. 29% of men claim to have bedded 15 or more partners while only 9% of women do. Chris Rock’s theory is that you take the number a man claims to have slept with and cut it in half. He also says to double the number that a women gives. He says that women sometimes don’t count some things. Like that guy you met on spring break or that time you did Bobby Brown. Marge Simpson even reassures Lisa that she can wear white by telling her that Milhouse doesn’t count.
It was also interesting to see that 15% of people abstain from sex until they are at least 21 and 15% of people lost their virginity before the age of 15. We can call this a classic bell curve. The indented portion is a lovely bit of double entendre reminding us that someone’s v-card has been punched. Enjoy this knew-found number knowledge and don’t feel too bad if you are waaaay above or below average. It’s not necessarily quantity, Colin Ferrell, but quality quantity.