Feminists have traditionally argued a significant double standard exists between how men and women are judged for promiscuity.
What sexual behavior is considered promiscuous varies between cultures, as does the prevalence of promiscuity.
Different standards are often applied to different genders and civil statuses.
Accurately assessing people's sexual behavior is difficult, since strong social and personal motivations occur, depending on social sanctions and taboos, for either minimizing or exaggerating reported sexual activity.
American experiments in 19 found the great majority of men were willing to have sex with women they did not know, of average attractiveness, who propositioned them.
No woman, by contrast, agreed to such propositions from men of average attractiveness.
While men were in general comfortable with the requests, regardless of their willingness ("Why do we have to wait until tonight?
A 2006 systematic review (analyzing data from 59 countries worldwide) found no association between regional sexual behavior tendencies, such as number of sexual partners, and sexual-health status.
Much more predictive of sexual-health status are socioeconomic factors like poverty and mobility. university study of international promiscuity found that Finns have had the largest number of sex partners in the industrialized world, and British people have the largest number among big western industrial nations.
", "[I'm sorry], I'm married"), women responded with shock and disgust ("You've got to be kidding", "What is wrong with you? The number of sexual partners people have had in their lifetimes varies widely within a population.
A 2007 nationwide survey in the United States found the median number of female sexual partners reported by men was seven and the median number of male partners reported by women was four.
Studies of the spread of sexually transmitted diseases consistently demonstrate a small percentage of the studied population has more partners than the average man or woman, and a smaller number of people have fewer than the statistical average.