I find myself constantly infuriated by, but unable to stop reading, the Herald’s Sam and the City blog . . . to the extent that I’ve had email wars with Sam after she refused to publish one of my more outraged replies.
In today’s post, Sam quotes Doing it Down Under by Juliet Richters and Chris Rissel and claims that men have an average of 17 partners in their lifetimes while women have around seven. Given the numbers of women and men in Australia are roughly equal, how is this possible? So I posted:
Isn’t anyone else suspicious about the maths here? If men are having 17 partners and women only 7, who are men having the other 10 relationships with? Other men?
The obvious answer is that men tend to over-report the number of sexual partners they’ve had while women under-report. Or men are more likely to count one-night stands or flings while women are less likely. Or lots more men are gay or bisexual than we currently believe. Surely someone would point this out. But no, 11 minutes later, someone called mr jangles posted in reponse:
Why are you questioning the maths? What are you an actuary?
Just take the survey at face value.
Why oh why would I take something at face value when it quite obviously makes no sense at the most superficial level? Look, if through some childhood trauma or serious head injury a person entirely lost the ability to think for him/herself, that’s sad, but I can understand it. But why does it make Sam’s readers so uncomfortable that they try to smack me down because I choose to? That’s blinkered, ignorant, pigheaded common-sense fascism. Don’t criticise, just accept what you’re told? Get fucked.