June 12, 2002
Sex talk

Charles Murtaugh answers the question that InstantMan asks and Den Beste fumbles, namely why is it that so many sex-advice columnists are female. Murtaugh groks the real reasons:

The reason women succeed as sex columnists is because lustful guys like myself (and I would lay long odds that the Rachael Kleins of the world -- we had one of her back when I was in school -- have more male readers than female)

(a) are curious to know what an attractive woman thinks about sex

(b) really, really want to believe that such attractive women think about sex just as much as we do

(c) secretly hope for mentions of "experimentation," if you know what I mean, and every guy does

and (d) already know all there is to know about the straight male perspective on sex -- because we are straight males!

Yep. There's another side to this coin as well. The Playboy Advisor (note to Glenn, Steven, and Avram - there's one you missed) has written that a large percentage of his questions come from women. It's no stretch to imagine that they're looking for the straight male's perspective, just as Rachel Klein's male readers want the straight female's viewpoint. Knowing what the other side thinks, that's what it's all about. You'd think a military expert like Den Beste would understand that.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 12, 2002 to Society and cultcha