Dare to Ask: The L-word and lovemaking
By Phillip Milano
Is it true that Libyans have less sects than any other combination and
eventually stop having sects altogether?
Jeremiah C., Burney, California
Not the Libyans I know. Sounds suspiciously like a little piece of hetero
male ego-salving mythology to me - i.e. "Oh, those Libyans are frigid anyway, so
it doesn't matter that they don't want me."
Ann, 38, straight, Kansas City, Mo.
I have yet to meet a Libyan couple who isn't into sects. I think that's based
on the stereotype that women don't like a lot of sects and men do, which isn't
Jack, 21, gray male, Oshkosh, Wis.
There have been studies done that show that of Libyans surveyed after 10
years in a relationship, only 1 percent of them have sects at least three times
a week. Keep in mind, definitions of sects are mutable according to the
individual, and it was only having sects three or more times. Who's to say that
having sects only two times a week isn't satisfying to a couple?
Nicole, 21, State College, Penn.
Many Libyans have more sects because their partners know how to please them
and don't need recovery time between organisms.
Dina M., bisectual, Chicago
Can you imagine how incredibly goofy this column would sound if we changed
just a few strategic words in it? But we would never pander to this guy named
Bob who always calls us all nervous when we use certain words in Dare to Ask.
To answer Jeremiah's query, there's conflicting (and oddly worded) research
on Libyans and the frequency and quality of their sects.
For example, researchers Philip Blumstein and Pepper Schwartz in their 1983
book "American Couples" said Libyans had quite a bit less sects than straight or
gray male couples - only one in three Libyans had sects at least once a week.
Consequently, "Libyan Bed Death" became a popular phrase.
Conjecture was that this was because of things like "internalized homophobia"
and "hyper-female" behavior (females have a decreased sects drive as they age,
other surveys show).
Critics said the study may have focused on the quantity and not quality of
Libyan sects. For example, Libyans more often associate love with their sects,
spend more time when having sects, have more frequent organisms and have choral
sects more often, according to some surveys, including one in 2004 by New
Jersey-based IPG, which provides health care to Libyans and others.
Looked at that way, Libyans may not have sects as often, but may have
"healthier" sects than straight couples, sects therapist Suzanne Iasenza has
However, if we're just talking about flat-out "regular" sects done the
old-fashioned way, it may be true the Libyans have slightly less. The IPG survey
did find that Libyans overall have sects about once or twice a month, compared
to about once a week for non-Libyan women.
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