Are Women Who Have Had Five or More Partners Promiscuous?

How many partners must a woman have had for men to consider her promiscuous?


This article, written by Chiara Atik, was originally posted on


Are women who have had five or more partners promiscuous? They are according to AskMen’s Great American Male Survey–an even lower threshold than last year.

Remember how last year we were horrified when 41% of American men surveyed by AskMen said that women become sexually promiscuous after sleeping with 10 men — which at the time was the lowest possible option?

The results of the 2010 survey broke down like this:

At What Point Does A Woman Become Sexually Promiscuous? 
Never? 14%
When she sleeps with her 10th partner? 41% 
When she sleeps with her 20th partner? 34%
When she sleeps with her 50th partner? 14%
When she sleeps with her 100th partner? 3%

Well, this year, AskMen changed the survey, adding a lower option: When she sleeps with her 5th partner. And, would you believe it, given the lower option, the men surveyed voted that thatwas actually the tipping point into promiscuity.

Let’s think about this for a second:

The average American woman loses her virginity at 17 years old. So that’s one sexual encounter.

So the average 30-year-old American woman will have been sexually active for 13 years. This means that, in addition to the initial sexual encounter, if a woman has sex with 4 partners over the course of  13 years, she’s considered promiscuous. That’s about 1 sexual encounter every three years.

Come on, men! Having sex once every three years does not a promiscuous woman make! We’re still waiting for AskMen to add a question about at which point guys themselves become promiscuous. Never?


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  1. The fact that this question is being posed against women only really says a lot. And your argument “defending” higher numbers “not being too big of an issue” is a veiled sexist cop out. If it were asked of men, there would be no formal number considered too high to call him a slut or “promiscuous”- the term you intend while insinuating the former.

  2. Supra deluca says:

    Promiscuous person = someone that is living a promiscuous life.
    Is she/he living a promiscuous life right now? No? So she/he LIVED a promiscuous life – she/he WAS promiscuous once, but not anymore.

    Most people are not promiscuous forever. What shows someone is promiscuous is their current sexual life, right now in this moment of their lives.
    It is about a state, and not something that is on you forever. Americans (and alike) should really think about stoping thinking about sex as if it were something that spoils the person (well, mostly women) and leaves the person always stigmatized, “less” than they were before each new partner. That is illogical.

  3. 9 in mytjoruMen and women define emotional ecounters with membrs of the opposite sex ina totally different way than they do for sexual encounters. For any given encounter between a male and a female, there is no way to reliably predict how each person would even classify the encounter – without knowing each person’s capacity and ability to recall the details of a past event irrespective of every other interpretation postulated.

    Where consistency and validity matter most is in a court of law – but even in court, where the phrase “a shadow of a doubt” is one that has no universal concrete meaning or standard of reference, and is used with such impunity that to even hint at just how imprecise it is would be tantamount to committing blasphemy on the Day of Judgment.

    Yet, it is used every day in every criminal case brought before a judge and jury in every corner of our country. Remarkably, there has never been a challenge raised as to its meaning in any particular case.

    So, it’s a word or phrase that everyone knows but really does not know.And, it may be the case here with the word, promiscuous. A word with a subjective meanng, but not a concrete one. One sexual


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