November 28 2011
Have you ever heard the statistic that men think about sex once every seven seconds? Well, it's bologna.
A new study from The Ohio State University reports on the sexual thoughts of college-aged men and women and finds that, while young men might think about sex more often than young women on average, there are important variables other than gender that determine how often people think about sex or sexuality. The lead author of the study and OSU psych professor, Terri Fisher, said this:
“If you had to know one thing about a person to best predict how often they would be thinking about sex, you’d be better off knowing their emotional orientation toward sexuality, as opposed to knowing whether they were male or female.”
Turns out we're all individuals and have unique minds, attitudes and preferences. We spend our days thinking about a variety of things, and it's not always easy to neatly generalize "men's thoughts" and "women's thoughts."
None of the participants had zero thoughts per day about sex. That's not surprising when one considers the sexual content of so many movies, magazines,TV shows or even commercial ads that target this audience. Also, I imagine it's also tough to NOT think about whatever you're supposed to be tallying your thoughts about... simply because it's your assignment to track your thoughts in that category.
Although the study debunks the myth that men think about sex all day long, males still thought about it more than women: Men in the study thought about sex an average 19 times per day compared to 10 times per day for the female group. But, the men in the study also had thoughts about food and sleep more often than the women.
Is this to say that men are a bunch of brutes, thinking only about satisfying their animal instincts all day? Heck no. Their averages were only slightly higher than women's averages: 18 to 15 in the food category, and 11 to 8.5 in the sleep category.
One of the underlying assumptions of big-government feminism is that men are constantly objectifying and disrespecting women. I hope this study will help to debunk a harmful stereotype about men, and remind everyone that it's just as wrong to make sweeping generalizations about men as it is about women.