She has presented a wealth of studies that show men want to get laid more within their relationship, that celibacy is far more common among women, that masturbation and use of erotic material are far more common among men, that men are more unfaithful and more frustrated, report more sexual desire, across a whole range of countries. The only thing I think might complicate her conclusion – that men are randier than women, and why won’t we all just accept it – is that this area is culturally quite freighted. There are certain expectations, going back centuries, of male sexuality being rampant and ungovernable, and equal and opposite expectations of female sexuality. This might – call me crazy – impact upon the way that men and women report, express and prosecute their sexual desire.
X says “people are like this”. Y responds “but only because people have been like that for centuries”.
Well, yes Miss Y, but turn your mind to the possibility that people have been like this for centuries because people are like this.
You know, it’s simply not true that all of our ancestors were entire dunderheads awaiting Andrea Dworkin to tell them how it really is.