- Sex & Drugs
- 14 Feb 17
In a nice way, that is! A UK research project found that both men and women are suspicious of sexually successful (some might say promiscuous) people. So, with it being Valentine’s Day, we have to ask: how come they keep getting laid?
Forget the battle of the sexes. Men and women are a lot alike. For one thing, we’re all hypocrites — especially about sex.
A study published late last year in the Journal of Sex Research found that both straight men and women thought that three – yup, three! – was the ideal number of former sexual partners a potential lover should have. For long-term romantic relationships, the respondents wanted an even smaller number. For true love to bloom, apparently, you’d ideally have to have two previous paramours and no more.
So far, so similar — but here’s where it gets interesting. By and large the men and women surveyed did not live up to their own expectations. On average the women had just less than six former sexual partners, while the men had over eight. If that’s not a case of “Do as I say, not as I do”, well, I don’t know what is.