Recently I came across the ridiculous tale of Paul Bint , a con man from England (the slimy looking guy in that cheesy pin-striped suit in the photo above). According to reports, Bint swindled the unsuspecting out of roughly 3 million dollars, but that’s not the highlight of his story. What I found most interesting is that days after his early release from prison (for fraud) Mr. Bint bragged to the press that he had managed to not only con people of their money, but in the process slept with over 2,500 woman. He is quoted as saying:
“What I’ve done is turned a lot of my dreams into reality.”
Is sleeping with 2,500 women even feasible? More importantly, why even bother sharing that with the world? I’m left wondering how anyone has the time for that much sex? Wouldn’t it become a bit of a chore after awhile? Wouldn’t his delicate parts get a little, you know … chafed?
If his claim to have bedded that many women is factual, wouldn’t that mean that he had to sleep with multiple (or even dozens) of ladies on a daily basis?
The Paul Bint story got me thinking about the world’s obsession with the quantity of sexual partners other people have – inevitably, the magic number always comes up amongst friends or significant others. While in relationships, many people want to know how many people their partner has slept with. It seems our society is fixated on numbers.
We’ve visited this before, but how many partners is one too many—10? 20? 2,500? More importantly does it really matter? Is less better or is more better and why is that woman, for the most part, tend to keep quiet about their number or round down while men notoriously are known to round up or embellish. According to statistics, the average number of sexual partners for an American woman is 3 (I sense some rounding down) and 8 for men. Why is that men are high fived over numerous partnered when women are shamed. Will that ever change? Was the Duke Fuck list, penned by a young woman, the first shift off the pendulum?
Who knows – maybe we’ll be seeing female versions of Paul Bint in the near future.