What’s better than sex? Charts about sex!

Graph of the odds someone enjoys giving oral sex: vegetarians vs. non-vegetarians

I love sex. I love charts. But I love charts about sex most of all. And the latest number-crunching from the folks at OKCupid includes 10 of them! Yes, these studies of OKCupid’s users skew toward young, urban, tech-savvy, single people, so take them with the requisite grain of salt. But still–the charts are so pretty-looking and there’s lots to be learned.

For instance, I learned that I should probably get off Twitter once in awhile if I ever want a long-term relationship. But if, in the meantime, I’m masturbating every day (the odds sure are high!) at least I’m in good company in the Twitterverse. Also, although my self-confidence will just continue to climb, my sex drive will start to drop alarmingly soon (seriously, wtf?) Which makes me think I should probably find a vegetarian dude STAT.

You can expect to come away with more questions than answers though. Such as: Why on earth is “England” associated with women who like gentle sex? If women who say they “like to exercise” have an easier time achieving orgasm, is that more about the exercising part or the liking it part? Shouldn’t all those Ivy-Leaguers be too busy and stressed out to want to be having sex 6 times a week? Are all those Jewish women lying about never masturbating? If so, why?

Graph of the odds of masturbating today: Twitter users vs. everyone else

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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