Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Let's Talk About Sex, Baby!

My friend Steve posted the graph below on Facebook today with the comment "Not sure, exactly, what's to be implied here, but . . . "

So that got us to talking about the chart and trying to figure out if anything could be extrapolated to our own experiences at Lake Forest College.

First, here's the chart:

Chart from the Sun Sentinel.

There are some interesting things about this chart that make me question its validity. First, there is no information on when this study was done or how it was done. Second, Wellesley, while one of a small group of elite women's colleges known as the Seven Sisters, is a small school and it's all women. For 2007, Wellesley had only 2380 students. Did they poll them all? That's an incredibly small sample size. Third, we don't know if virginity was measured when students entered Wellesley, when they graduated, or at some point in between. Fourth, who did this "study"? Fifth, how is "virginity" defined? Sixth, how did they compensate for the fact that not all majors have the same number of students?

Putting all of those concerns aside, do you think this chart rings true?

As a former Political Science/Psychology double major who dropped the Poli Sci mid-year in favor of just Psychology, I can say that my own sex life vastly improved the minute I made the switch, but I seriously doubt it had anything to do with my major. I think it had more to do with just finding the right guy at the right time. ;)

What about you? What was your major and do you see any similarities between your major, your sex life in college, and the chart above?

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