That is the theme of Mark Regnerus’s , and he stresses that low prices are not always good.
Women have traditionally benefited from being the gatekeepers of sexual access — but now that men don’t have to work very hard to access women’s bodies, well, they don’t.
Looking at the data myself, I couldn’t find any trend for men in their thirties: Their median number of sex partners was six in the 1989–98 surveys (which I combined to boost the sample size a bit), six in the 2000–08 period, and . Women’s median has climbed from three to four over the same period, though it’s hard to tell if they’re actually having more sex or if they’re just more willing to admit it these days.
Twenge estimates that sex-partner counts are falling too, with those born in the 1980s adding notches to their belts more slowly than those born in the 1970s did, and with those born in the 1990s racking ’em up even less rapidly.
An important possibility is that while kids these days are waiting longer to get started, they’re catching up during an extended “early adulthood” that lasts until age 30 or so.
*** That said, Regnerus’s interviews and survey data, both of which involve some incredibly personal questions, offer a remarkably detailed overview of the current mating market.
If you’re curious what people are doing with their genitals these days — and let’s be honest, who isn’t — is your guide.
There most certainly a gender gap, though, when it comes to pornography and masturbation.
More than 40 percent of adult men but fewer than 10 percent of women say they watched porn in the past week.The General Social Survey provides an easy way to investigate questions like this.It’s the survey Twenge used for her sex-partners analysis, and for nearly three decades it has repeatedly asked Americans how many partners they’ve had since age 18. six once again in the four most recent surveys, conducted between 2010 and last year.n 1960 came the Pill, which disconnected sex from childbearing.In the 1990s and 2000s came widespread Internet connections, which facilitated easy access to both pornography and dating sites.One fascinating table reveals how quickly couples end up in bed together.