Sex By Numbers: Mixed-Up Media

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

Messages of sexual innuendo in all forms of media is as American as apple pie. Though despite the vagina biographies, Tumblrs, mobile apps and pregnant teens in French cinema featured in this week’s Sex By Numbers, it appears we still struggle to tell one another just what it is we want in bed.

2,000: Number of labiaplasties performed in the UK in the past year. A new book by bestselling author Naomi Wood, Vagina: A New Biographyexplores the ins and outs of female arousal and desire, including why women feel the need to look surgically perfect in order to get off.

1 in 5: When it comes to the internet and sex, Germans could care less about the latter. A study found that 1 in 5 Germans aged 18-35 had a stronger internet drive than sex drive.

32: Percentage of advertisements which Australians complained were too sexual in 2012. The figure is lower than in previous years, suggesting that consumers are becoming desensitized to sexually fueled advertising or simply ignoring it altogether.

998: Number of reports submitted thus far on the Kinsey Institute mobile app called Reporter. It’s intended to collect anonymous sexual data from users all around to globe in order to widen the scope of sexual data beyond white middle class college kids.

18: Number of high school females who allegedly made a pact at a Massachusetts high school in 2008 to purposely get pregnant. The widely reported incident has already spawned numerous “ripped from the headlines” TV specials, but now, two filmmakers have turned the incident into French art-house fantasy with their upcoming film 17 Girls.

5,000: Number of followers reached this week by the #myfriendsaremarried Tumblr blog, which celebrates those ubiquitous moments that single ladies everywhere endure, such as when your married friend insists “you’ll find love when you stop looking for it.”

200: Despite our bombardment with sexual imagery, we’re still not all that great about talking about what we want; however, a new study which surveyed 200 adults linked increased sexual satisfaction with direct communication during sex.

1 Pound: In what is possibly the most graphic and NSFW condom commercial ever, the UK’s One Pound Johnny Club offers that the main reason to use their mail-order condom service is to avoid, er, a certain kind of mess.

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Rosie Spinks

Rosie Spinks is a freelance journalist from California with a degree in Environmental Studies. Her work has been published in publications including Sierra magazine, GOOD magazine, the Ecologist, and the Guardian Environment Network. A passion for travel, running barefoot outdoors, and reconnecting people to what is good dominates most of her thoughts. You can follow her writing on Twitter and Tumblr.