Why are men so much more promiscuous than women?

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Brownlow Medallist
Feb 11, 2011
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Yeah I'd say there are more sexually active women than men. A small percentage of men would have many more partners and many having zero.

Again, this is based in biology but as I alluded to before and others have mentioned humans have started to transcend this. And it's a generalisation, but, well, generalisations tend to be true in a general sense.
In human geology , their are 2 mothers to 1 father.


Brownlow Medallist
Sep 4, 2010
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Culture would be a main factor in my opinion. Woman who sleep around are not respected by a lot of people both men and women . However some men (especially younger) can wear it as a badge of honor as the average bloke would struggle more than the average chick to find a root

Also, men are more likely to cum from a one nighter making it more appealing

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Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 10, 2010
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Some people prioritise pleasure over risks to their safety, others prioritise their safety over potential pleasure. If more women fall into the latter category, I wonder if it's partly because safety is a far bigger issue for women. Plus, testosterone has certainly been linked to risk-taking behaviours unrelated to sex.


Norm Smith Medallist
Jun 14, 2013
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I've been to a private all girls party. Also looking into a male/female party... and i would like to be married one day- in an open marriage.

Yeah, sure, some women are monogamous to the one man their whole life. Good for them.

fu** that from my POV. As long as its all open, honest, consensual + safe- I would not want to be "stuck with" the one man my entire life. And obviously vice versa would apply for him.
Few things please me more than seeing my wife explore her sexuality with others. I'm of the view that monogamy is an unnatural social constraint.


Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 20, 2010
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I don't think they are at all. I think men are just more open talking about it. I don't know a single guy who has even hit close to the numbers that almost every woman I know has. Yet I can't get a root to save myself. Go figure.


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Dec 17, 2006
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Because humans are not living the way they are biologically wired.

Some animals are strictly monogamous, such as geese, swans and foxes, which pair for life. Others are not, for example one ewe and one ram don't pair for life in the sheep world, and chickens don't see one hen and one rooster breeding exclusively.

Humans are primates, and with the exception of orangutans which are largely solitary, other primates such as chimpanzees, gorillas and baboons live in groups that are not monogamous. Homo Sapiens still have the same biological instincts as other primates, and really haven't evolved enough to be monogamous.


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Oct 2, 2016
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Gay men would be more promiscuous than gay women though.
I’ll take your word for it, because I’d think it’d be about the same as straight men & women....I think our human need to feel “wanted” goes above anything else, be it male or female.

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Dec 1, 2014
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I’ll take your word for it, because I’d think it’d be about the same as straight men & women....I think our human need to feel “wanted” goes above anything else, be it male or female.
I think promiscuity is probably higher to an extent, but mostly because if you're sexually liberated and open to having sex with anyone, you're more likely to not care about gender etc in a sexual partner. I think the median would probably be similar, but the extremes would be different (a deeply conservative, traditional "one partner for life" person is unlikely to be openly gay, and someone who sleeps with 1000+ people is unlikely to be very constrained when it comes to partners).

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