In 2005 a survey by a psychologist, Norman Brown of the University of Alberta, found that men reported an average of 31.9 partners. When asked the same question women reported an average of 8.6 partners.
Another trashy sex article in 'The Times', which used to be a quality newspaper. I'm not against articles about sex, but this one is just so poorly written and confused. For example, she starts by saying that the 'experts' explain the difference in sex partner numbers by the fact that men over-exaggerate and women under. But if she'd bothered to do her research properly, she'd have found that:
Surveys suggesting that men are more sexually active than women may be wrong because women are more likely to lie when answering questions about their own sexual activity, a clever new U.S. study has found.
And this is not new: it was found 5 years ago. Basically they asked men and women, whilst under different conditions, to answer questions about their number of past sexual partners. One of the conditions involved the participants thinking that they were hooked up to an extremely sensitive lie detector machine which would reveal if they were lying, even if they were writing down the answers. Tellingly, under this condition it was women, not men, who revised the number of sexual partners they admitted to.
Yet Rachel Johnson inaccurately writes: "To explain this bizarre discrepancy experts resort to the conclusion that men like to present themselves as sexual conquistadors... and women present themselves as restrained and picky when it comes to sexual partners. The truth is probably somewhere in between."
In other words, shes claiming that both men and women lie: men over-report, women under-report. But whilst this claim might SEEM reasonable, its not what the evidence shows.
Yet she THEN says: " It’s interesting to note, though, that if asked a direct question, men are still tempted to give a direct answer about their sex lives, and to exaggerate, while a woman’s instinct is almost always to lie."
Make your mind up! Who is lying Rachel? On the one hand you say that men are exaggerating, yet on the other you are saying they are direct and women's instinct is to lie.
Do you see how poorly written and confused this is?
Finally, after implying that a man who reports 30 previous 'conquests' is exaggerating for effect, she then says that 30 is actually a small number, because assuming a sex life beginning in the mid teens, a person in their 30s would have had more than two sex partners a year.
Well that is CERTAINLY the case for MOST single women (other evidence suggests that most women are having regular sex with a small number of highly promiscuous men). So, just think about this if you are tempted to commit to a woman who is in her mid 30s:
It will have been easy for her to have had AT LEAST 4 sexual partners a year since she was, lets say, 15. If she is now 32, that means she'll have slept with at least 68 men. Now, the figure may be higher (as its easily possible for a woman to sleep with more than 4 per year) or lower (if she had long term relationships during those years) but my main points are that:
1. It could Easily be this high
2. She would probably NEVER tell you the truth about it.