Hannah Star Geography of Sex

Well, August has crept up on us, and it’s almost time to go back to school. Just to kick-start your brain for the upcoming onslaught of learning, I thought we’d have a geography lesson. Don’t worry – I made it fun. It’s all about sex!

Let’s start with a broad statistic. According to the Penguin Atlas of Human Sexual Behaviour, sexual intercourse takes place 120 million times per day on Earth. That translates to about 4 percent of the planet’s population having sex per day. I don’t know about you, but that seems troublingly low to me. I bet if it was 50 percent instead of 4, the whole world would be substantially happier and people would stop throwing bombs and caring about debt ceilings and shit.

But let’s get a little more specific. According to statistics I encountered completely randomly, Iceland seems to have the highest frequency of sex of any country. I guess if you like in Iceland and you’re not particularly fond of fishing, there’s not much else to do but fuck. Makes sense.

And then there’s France, where a rumored 41% of the population has engaged in an orgy. WOW! No wonder the phrase ménage a trios comes from France. That means that statistically, there’s a good chance that either Nicolas Sarkozy or Carla Bruni has participated in group sex. Wouldn’t that be far more exciting than Weinergate

Men in the Czech Republic have more sexual partners in their lifetimes than men in any other country. In their lives, Czech men have sex with an average – an AVERAGE – of 39 different people**.

The country where woman have the most sexual partners is New Zealand, but the number of partners is significantly lower, at 21. All over the world, men are having sex with a greater number of different people than woman. I guess it’s not just in North America, but across the globe, that it’s more socially acceptable for men than women to sleep around. Stupid double standards exist everywhere! Alright! Go team!

Hopefully I’ve brightened up your August day with a fun lesson. Go share your new knowledge with your friends, and remember it the next time you’re booking a vacation!

**[Editor's note: this is a sampling or a self report error. Ignoring homosexuality (as it represents a relatively small part of the population), it is impossible for the average number of partners to differ between males and females in a closed sample. Unless a large number of incredibly promiscuous gay men and relatively prudish lesbian women were part of this poll (a sampling error) or these men are having a shockingly disproportionate amount of sex with non-Czechs, either the men are inflating their partner count or the women are understating it. Likely both.]

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