Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sex and science

My latest column at Taki's Magazine:
It was one of those headlines that automatically gets a Drudge link: “Wealthy men give women more orgasms,” the Times of London declared Sunday.
Before we launch our “Win a Dream Date With Taki” promotion, however, let’s pause to ponder the gap between what the headline said and what the researchers found.
Please read the whole thing. When I was at The Washington Times, I frequently reported on the dubious "science" of sexual researchers, for example: The whole point is that common sense generally is a better guide than "science" when it comes to sex. If you listen to these so-called "experts," you might get the impression that it's impossible to have sex unless you've memorized an anatomical chart showing the Latin names of the organs. But, as witness the 6 billion of us on the planet, human beings were successfully having sex for thousands of years before we got any guidance from "experts."

Like I said, read the whole thing.


  1. There's another reason that sex "research" is a ridiculous pursuit. It’s of necessity based almost entirely on the personal anecdotes of whomsoever the “researchers” can entice into telling stories about their sex lives. Is there anything people (men in particular) are less likely to lie about than their sexual escapades? And who is most likely to go into detail about such personal matters? A typical happily married person or an exhibitionistic and atypical weirdo? And who for that matter wants to ask people questions about what they’re doing in the privacy of their bedrooms? Wanting to engage in such a pursuit points towards a person having kinky and voyeuristic tendencies and calls into question his or her judgment in and of itself.

  2. Hey, R. Dittmar, you imply that men in particular are more likely to lie about their sexual escapades than women. I disagree. Women are just less likely to have their lies heard by strangers (women are more likely to troll men's locker rooms than vice-versa, ask any sports reporter!) and less likely to be called on their lies (watch the behavior of any foolishly chivalrous male -- which is just about all of 'em).

    Still, the best sex researchers are uncovering women's propensity to lie about sex. For example, there's the recent clever clinical study that asked subjects about the number of lifetime sex partners they'd had, then asked again when the subjects were connected up to a (fake, but the subjects didn't know that) lie detector.

    Whaddaya know, when believing that their attempts to deceive could be detected, the number of lifetime sex partners the women reported shot upward. Men's reported numbers didn't change much at all. Kind'a blows the Dittmar Hypothesis of Greater Female Honesty outta the water, doesn't it?