Why Are People Still Lying About Their Number Of Sex Partners?


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It looks like people are still lying about their number of sex partners. C'mon people, it's 2013!

My favorite gender double standard is probably the one where a guy who's "allergic" to condoms is a liar and a creep, and a chick with the same terrible latex malady is a keeper. The rest of y'all seem to be hung up on the "number" game.

We celebrate the dude with lots of partners. I believe Wilt Chamberlain had several parades to commemorate his boudoir efforts (because it couldn't have been his basketball success against smaller and athletically inferior opponents). But we deride women who do likewise. You can practically taste the stomach bile foaming as Madeline Cahn sings "I've Been With Thousands Of Men" in Blazing Saddles. You can rattle off the rationale for this attitude: risk of disease, children of dubious/unknown patronage, lack of appreciation for female sexuality, Peter Cetera.* Technology and an untold amount of poking, rubbing and prodding have begun to relieve some of those issues, but our double standard persists.


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A recent study found that men and women are still lying about their "numbers," despite the fact that the sexual revolution happened more than 60 years ago. Jealousy and the reality of sexual currency partly flavor this recalcitrance. And while sexual competency is generally gleaned from experience, men generally fancy ourselves Jacques Cousteau when it comes to plumbing unseen depths. However, the best reason I've heard for this dichotomy's persistence is that it's really, really easy for women to have sex with someone new. We laud a man who manages to worm his way into dozens of different Spanx because you know how difficult it is to get those things off. Keep reading...

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*Peter Cetera, formerly of Chicago, sings "The Glory Of Love."

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