Thursday, July 10, 2008

Maclean's reader says sex numbers don't add up

From a blog entry on Live Journal:
The series of articles comparing Canadians and Americans in this week's Maclean's [special Canada Day issue] magazine provides lots of amusing statistics with which to annoy my American friends. However, I have my doubts about the rigour of tbeir research. In fact, I've been snickering over the magazine all night long.

Each article comes with sidebars full of numbers, which don't seem to have been reproduced in the electronic versions of the stories. The "Insatiable North" piece had a box with the following factoids:
  • Lifetime number of sex partners reported by Canadian/American men: 23/13 respectively.
  • Lifetime number of sex partners reported by Canadian/American women: 10/9.
It doesn't seem to have occurred to anyone at Maclean's to wonder where Canadian men are finding 13 more partners than Canadian women. Are they boinking foreigners? Each other? Sheep? Enquiring minds want to know.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has it been that long DB? Person A may have sex with BCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYand Z and yet they all only have sex with A. They have 1 partner A has 25.

10:38 am  
Blogger D. B. Scott said...

I hope it was clear I was quoting someone else's posting. And while think I understand the math it still suggests that most men have practically no time for anything else or are very big liars.

11:51 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A more logical answer would be that women don't count flings, one night stands, or that vacation sex -- men count everything!

2:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, for your math to work, there would have to be 25 times as many women in Canada as men, since the survey refers to Canadian men who responded(not 25% of them).

And yes, it's well known that men who respond to surveys like this count seeing nipplage as sex -- in other words, overcount -- while women tend to undercount or downplay the importance of encounters such as brushing up against a stranger on a bus.

11:21 am  

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