Young British women have more sexual partners than men

A survey of 2,000 Brits has turned a traditional stereotype on its ear. According to the results, the average 21-year-old woman has had nine sexual partners, compared to 7 1/2 for men. (I’d hate to be that 1/2 a partner.)

Lisa Smosarski, the editor of More, said: “Our results show that after decades of lying back and thinking of England, today’s twenty-something women are taking control of their sex lives and getting what they want in bed.”

Well, not necessarily. If this were true, maybe they wouldn’t have to shop around with such aplomb.

However the respondents still claimed they are not having as much sex as they would like, with 13 per cent claiming their love life is “disappointing” and a further 10 per cent calling it “non-existent”.
According to the survey, the average young woman has sex three times a week but would prefer to do it five times.

Time to renew that passport.

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  1. #1 by Sam Jew on December 15, 2008 - 10:08 am

    Our results show that after decades of lying back and thinking of England, today’s twenty-something women are worthless, skeezy ho-bags. /fixed

  2. #2 by G.D. on December 15, 2008 - 10:31 am

    Well …
    The only possible conclusions from these figures, as far as I am able to reason, is either i) women have, on average, sex with partners that are quite older than them (not implausible), or ii) women are far, far more frequently than men, engaged in same-sex sexual relationships (I have no idea, really).
    Since I think it is likely that alternative i) accounts for far more of the difference than ii), the upshot is that somewhat older men have more sexual partners than women of the same age. Which might sound somewhat like the flip-side of the coin here.
    (Point is, if the whole population was asked, and the question was restricted to heterosexual relations, it wouldn’t be logically possible that the average number could differ between the sexes, would it?)

  3. #3 by ScentOfViolets on December 15, 2008 - 11:23 am

    Another possible conclusion is that it is the same small set of (lucky?) guys. Geoff with his classic good looks, family money, and assorted toys thinks his sex life is great. Scrawny Willie with the close-set eyes and weak chin, who smells like fish & chips even when he’s not wearing his work clothes, well, he’s not doing so well in that department.

  4. #4 by rBST on December 15, 2008 - 1:01 pm

    Was “lying back and thinking of England” supposed to be an intended pun?

  5. #5 by Dylab on December 15, 2008 - 1:06 pm

    I think you can’t be right ScentOfViolets. Since the mean is just the sum of the number of partners each sub has over the number of subjects the distribution doesn’t matter. 21 year old Women must have more non(21-year-old opposite sex partners) than 21 year old males.

  6. #6 by hopper3011 on December 15, 2008 - 1:38 pm

    rBST,
    It is a commonly used phrase in England – just a long-winded way of saying “boring sex”.

  7. #7 by toby on December 15, 2008 - 3:27 pm

    Maybe these British women are just being honest.
    Hasn’t there been a strange anomaly in polls like these over the years? Men claim (generally) far more sexual partners than women. Yet, if the numbers of men and women were roughly equal, who are the men having sex with?
    Suppose a group of 4 married couples stranded on a desert island for ten years. In secret interviews, the women claim a single sexual partner only during their stay, the men give numbers from 2 to 4 sexual partners. Who is lying? Are the men just boasting to proclaim their prowess, or the women just being modest to advertise their worth as faithful partners who will not defect and bear someone else’s child?
    Here, things are reversed: the women are proclaiming a history worthy of the Empress Messalina, the men being more modest. Still, we have the same problem.
    G.D may be right – girls may be sexually active earlier in life with older men/ boys. Could there be more predatory males ready to take advantage of a young female’s willlingness (at a pretty low standard) to undertake a rite of passage? That would make more sexual partners available to a girl at puberty. A 13-year old girl has potentially more heterosexual partners than a 13-year old boy. Sleazy, but a possible explanation.
    No reason why young men would not have caught up by mid-20s, though.

  8. #8 by rBST on December 15, 2008 - 4:51 pm

    hopper,
    I assume, then, that the editor meant to use “lying” or “lie”.
    Women (especially young women) are still generally aware that being promiscuous is looked down upon. In some cultures it is still expected that they remain virgins until marriage, while the men are often more “learned” in this capacity. Most young women are probably not inclined to give an honest answer as to how many sexual partners she has had, unless the answer is given anonymously.
    The “taking control of their sex lives” bit is also crap. Women have been enjoying sex for a very long time. And I don’t find it particularly good that 4 in 10 women say that they would have sex for money or a promotion, but maybe it’s just an instinct. Which makes me wonder if female primates solicit the alpha male sexually in order to receive special favors within the society. Hmmm.

  9. #9 by rBST on December 15, 2008 - 4:57 pm

    Dammit. Correction: I assume the editor meant “laying” or “lie” and not “lying.”

  10. #10 by rBST on December 15, 2008 - 4:57 pm

    Dammit. Correction: I assume the editor meant “laying” or “lie” and not “lying.”

  11. #11 by Susannah on December 15, 2008 - 5:53 pm

    Your headline doesn’t say what you meant to say, I think.
    For x women, and any non-zero number of same-sex partners, the number of male partners would be

  12. #12 by Kevin Beck on December 16, 2008 - 11:38 am

    The intransitive form, as needed here (present, past, past perfect): “lie, lay, lain”
    The transitive, as to put something down: “lay, laid, laid”

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