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Commenter Jim Christian writes:
I don’t believe any polls because women lie about their sexual histories, they lie especially to the men who ask.
As it happens, the GSS has since 2004 recorded the sex of the interviewer in addition to the sex of the respondent. The following graph shows reported average opposite-sex partner counts among those at least 40 years old by the sex of both the interviewer and of the respondent:
Though the differences are modest, both men and women appear to relatively inflate their partner counts when the inquirer is of the opposite sex.
Jim’s observation sounds plausible and maybe it’s true, but the evidence for it isn’t to be found here–at least the part about women lying more about their sexual histories to men than to other women, anyway. With partner count averages this divergent between men and women, lies are obviously being told.
Tangentially, the survey has asked respondents about adult lifetime partner counts since 1989. In 2018, the last completed survey year, the percentage of women aged 40 or younger who reported zero or just one lifetime male sexual partner hit an all-time high of 46.5%. Nearly half of women in the prime of their sexual lives have not had multiple sexual partners (male partners, anyway!).
While women understate lifetime counts, there is little reason to think they would do so more egregiously now than they did a generation ago. To the contrary, the slut stigma is a shadow of what it used to be. If anything, women should lie less today than they did in the past.
Younger people really are having both less sex and fewer sexual partners than their parents did.
GSS variables used: INTSEX, SEX, NUMMEN, NUMWOMEN, AGE(40-89)