Sex by Numbers: An Ounce of Prevention

A weekly look at sex and culture, by the numbers.

$900k: Amount awarded to a woman in Oregon after suing her partner for lying about condom use and giving her a case of genital herpes

$29: Cost of a 50 Shades of Grey book-and-bondage set at Babeland in NYC

1: Number of “love days” allotted to Germany’s national soccer team players during this month’s Euro 2012 competition, a non-practice day in which players are allowed to spend time with their wives and partners

7: Years between Wade Davis’ retirement from the NFL and his coming out

4: Years a group of translators spent checking IKEA product names for sexual innuendo before the furniture chain opened a store in Bangkok

6: Countries that have reported cases of newly drug-resistant gonorrhea in the last few years

2006: Year Sister Margaret Farley’s Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics was published; it was condemned by the Vatican this week as causing “grave harm” to readers for discussing masturbation and homosexuality in a positive light

16: Age of Aparna Bhola, a teenage sex educator who works with former sex workers in Mumbai

Mallory Ortberg

Mallory resides in San Francisco, California. You can catch her weekly Sex By Numbers column.