Sex by Numbers: Bring on the Sexbots

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

It’s nice to know that in a rapidly-evolving world, people are always happy to write predictions about the future market for sex robots. Some things do not change, and never should.

61 to 39: Margin by which the decision not to change the United Methodist Church oppositional stance toward gays, lesbians and the transgendered passed at last week’s Tampa convention

2050: Year in which Futures magazine predicts that human sex workers will have been largely replaced by robotic ones

$8000: Approximate retail value of a sex robot (named “US Roxxxy”) available today

13%: Increase in contraception use among sexually active girls between the ages of 15-19 since 1995

Four: Number of the “world’s most eligible bachelors” that will be featured on Fox’s new celebrity dating show, “The Choice”

2: Number of President Obama’s ex-girlfriends whose lives and love letters are excerpted in David Maraniss’ upcoming biography

14,258: Number of “nontraditional” Mother’s Day cards on offer from Greeting Card Universe, including cards for My Two Moms, Like a Mother to Me, Mr. Mom, and From the Pet (Fur baby)

6: Hours a day that concealed speakers play “swallow courtship songs” in the San Juan Capistrano mission in an attempt to bring back flocks of the migrating birds

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Mallory Ortberg

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