Sunday, September 13, 2009

Occupation and lifetime sex partners

Here'a a table of the median lifetime sex partners for the occupations with at least 100 GSS sampled white men. I use median since the mean is completely thrown off by the small number of men with dozens and dozens of partners. Keep in mind that the overall mean for white men is about 6.

Managers, salesmen, and those with muscular jobs are toward the top (although supervisors and proprietors, sales occupations is an anomaly) and computer geeks, low status janitors, and farmers are at the bottom. I suspect farmers are more traditional and marry early.


  1. Sales representatives at the top is not surprising. Sales is just another word for seduction.

    The basic components, visible here, are:

    Testosterone: More testosterone = more mating.

    People: More social intercourse = more intercourse.

    Traditionalism: Less social conservatism = more promiscuity.

  2. Anonymous9:15 AM

    Plus a lot of farmers live in rural areas where a smaller variety of women are available and "social controls" (e.g., reputation concerns) are stronger.

  3. Hey, I guess the old jokes about the traveling salesman and the farmer's daughter were realistic.


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