Men And Women And Why Their "Counts" Don't Add Up

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From The New York Times
By Gina Kolata

EVERYONE knows men are promiscuous by nature. It’s part of the genetic strategy that evolved to help men spread their genes far and wide. The strategy is different for a woman, who has to go through so much just to have a baby and then nurture it. She is genetically programmed to want just one man who will stick with her and help raise their children.

 

Surveys bear this out. In study after study and in country after country, men report more, often many more, sexual partners than women.

One survey, recently reported by the federal government, concluded that men had a median of seven female sex partners. Women had a median of four male sex partners. Another study, by British researchers, stated that men had 12.7 heterosexual partners in their lifetimes and women had 6.5.

But there is just one problem, mathematicians say. It is logically impossible for heterosexual men to have more partners on average than heterosexual women. Those survey results cannot be correct.

Tango's Take
Stupid math. Stupid logic. It looks like Chris Rock is right again. He said that men inflate their number and that you have to add 5 to 7 to a woman’s number because they don’t count that guy on spring break or that time that they slept with Bobby Brown. If the pool was identical and we were using the word median to mean average then it would be completely impossible for men to sleep with about twice as many sexual partners as women. But maybe the math gets a little fuzzy. There are slightly more women than men (as any New York single gal can tell you, hi-ooo) and the lines dividing sexual orientation are all blurred to hell. What we’re most confused about is why would people lie about their sex partners on an anonymous survey? We wonder if all that business about Wilt Chamberlain sexing up all them broads is true. Do ladies really love Cool James? And isn't 'counting' (and all math for that matter) pretty lame? For the record our number is somewhere in the triple digits. We played sports in high school.

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