Saturday, August 29, 2009

[promiscuity] results in lower fertility

Apparently, Austrian males are the worst. Get over there, girls, if you want some disease.

Oh yes - like this one very much. Vox reports that Promiscuous women are less fit:

Less fit by the standards of natural selection, anyhow:

The following table shows the average number of children women have birthed by the number of male sexual partners they have had since the age of 18*. Like men, women who have had only one partner are the most fecund.

Whereas monogamous women who have only had one lifetime partner averages 2.29 children, the average US woman with nine partners averages 1.46 children.

Read it all.

Multiple partners say so much about the person doing it. Impaired social and emotional development, inability to take responsibility - it goes on.

Just to finish, I couldn't go past this headline:

Megan Fox Would Rather Kiss Girls

I don't know this Megan Fox from Eve but I can't fault her reasoning - I'd rather kiss girls too. By the way, any idea how I came across that news item? I was googling a certain group with a view to putting up a youtube for someone. Trouble is, I don't like the music. I'll try Iggy Pop.

7 comments:

Sackerson said...

Might have something to do with time between partners, too.

As for men, one of Peter Kay's characters (Max) says "You only get a bucket and a half."

James Higham said...

Time between partners does up the statistical probability, doesn't it?

UBERMOUTH said...

Would you stop forcing your Iggy Pop on me?
You were already given the Billy Idol video.[not that I am controlling or anything] :)

xlbrl said...

One of your boys was way ahead on this.

HENRY SUMNER MAINE, Early Custom and Law
An eminent living physiologist (Dr. Carpenter) who visited the West Indies before the abolition of slavery, well remembers the efforts of the Planters to form the negroes into families, as the promiscuity into which they were liable to fall produced infertility, and fertility had become important to the slave-owner through the prohibition of the slave-trade. It should be added that, independently of pathological evils, the same infecundity would follow if the promiscuity arose from a considerable inferiority in number of women to men. It is only under very unusual circumstances that a small number of women would give birth to offspring equalling numerically the whole parent generation, male and female.

dearieme said...

"have birthed"? I prefer English.

Rob W said...

Ran across this randomly, but it's a pretty silly conclusion to assume that higher promiscuity is *causing* lower fertility, as opposed to there being, perhaps, an external factor influencing both of those numbers.

Think about women who want babies. They generally have a single, reliable partner, right? Someone who's sticking around and will help raise the thing?

So a woman who's still single (and still taking more men for, ahem, test drives, or perhaps simply enjoying the single life) won't want kids yet, and will be actively using birth control to avoid having them.

James Higham said...

The number of partners to births is a given:

http://anepigone.blogspot.co.uk/2009/08/for-women-too-fewer-partners-means-more.html

The interpretation is open to debate. You write, Rob:

So a woman who's still single (and still taking more men for, ahem, test drives, or perhaps simply enjoying the single life) won't want kids yet, and will be actively using birth control to avoid having them.

Hence her promiscuity leads to less births, as was the contention. Nothing more was claimed. Also note Xlbrl's comment.