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It Takes (At Least) Two

Much as I hate to do so, I was about to disagree with Ezra on the “mathematical impossibility” of men having more sexual partners than women. I mean, it’s easy enough to think that if men are having tons of sex, they must be having it with someone. Right? Just when I was about to point out the assumption that men would have to be having all that sex with women, I read the article. It’s really more like this: “It is logically impossible for heterosexual men to have more partners on average than heterosexual women. Well, that makes a lot more sense. But there’s just one possibility that the researchers don’t seem to consider. According a study done just last year, at least some of those men may be among the 10% of self-identified “straight” men who have sex with men. Sure, it’s not much, but if they’re counting all their partners and just not telling, that would throw your count off.

One Comment

  1. Well, the CDC usually specifies what kind of sex you’re having instead of relying on labels like “straight” or “gay”. They found in the 80s that if you focused on identity rather than behavior, it was hard to track the number of men who have sex with men but identify as straight. So now they ask about specific acts with specific genders most of the time, to figure out disease risk rates, etc.

    That said, I don’t know if that’s what’s going on here.