August 15, 2007

Mathematical Certainty

It isn't often that facts regarding male-female relationships can be reduced to a concrete mathematical proof. Kudos to the NYT to bringing up one such example.

In study after study and in country after country, men report more, often many more, sexual partners than women...

But there is just one problem, mathematicians say. It is logically impossible for heterosexual men to have more partners on average than heterosexual women. Those survey results cannot be correct.

Duh. I've been as culturally brainwashed as the rest of the sheep and took male promiscuity for granted. All those guys have gotta be boinking somebody so the total number of partners must be equal for both sides.

So in the end, the only conclusion one can really derive from such surveys is that men brag more about sexual promiscuity and women tend to hide it. Which drags us back to the sociological quagmire of cultural uncertainty. Who knew the reflexive theorem could get so complicated?

Posted by mikewang on 06:15 PM