Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Sex in El Salvador

I am sure to be accused of writing this post (a) as a blatant attempt to increase my search engine hits, or (b) to show that I am willing to write about any subject so long as it mentions El Salvador. The truth is, I found comparing some recent surveys of sex lives around the world to be kind of interesting.

El Mundo recently published the results of a survey about the sex lives of more than a thousand Salvadorans from greater San Salvador. There is also a
2004 survey published by ABC Dateline regarding the sex lives of a similarly sized group of people living in the US. Finally, I came across a small article from the BBC about the sex lives of person in the United Kingdom.

For the most part, and perhaps not surprisingly, the surveys showed a great deal of consistency between Salvadorans and those in the US regarding the levels of satisfaction people report having with their sex lives, with the frequency of having sex, and other aspects of their intimate relationships.

Here are some tidbits:

Average age of losing virginity:

  • US -- 17 years
  • El Salvador -- 17 years
Average number of sex partners in life:

  • US Women -- 6
  • Salvadoran women -- 2.3
  • US Men -- 20
  • Salvadoran men -- 12.4
  • Welsh -- 13
  • UK average -- 10
(Note the ABC Study says the US averages are skewed upwards by the handful of people who have had a very large number of sexual partners)

Sexual preference:
  • Describes self as homosexual or bisexual (US study) -- 5%
  • Have engaged in a sex act with a person of the same sex (El Salvador) -- 5%
Admit to having cheated on their partner in a relationship

  • US Men -- 21%
  • Salvadoran men -- 73%
  • US Women -- 11%
  • Salvadoran women -- 27%
  • Scots -- 33%
  • Londoners -- 7%

Politics and sex

For someone reason El Mundo checked to see if fidelity varies whether you belong to ARENA or the FMLN -- it doesn't.

According to ABC, "Republicans are around 10 points more likely than Democrats to think about sex daily, to be very satisfied with their marriages and sex lives and to wear something sexy to spice things up; and less likely to say they've cheated. In a more directly political context, Republicans are less apt to say premarital sex is OK, and 20 points less likely to say homosexuality is OK for some people."

One other thing to keep in mind when reading these surveys is that they are also likely to be influenced by the willingness of people to be honest in answering questions about sex.


inner-self said...

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha..............HA!

alassleves said...

how significant the only aspect of this survey where salvadorans surpass westeners is that regarding to dishonesty, fraud, cheat, the disposition to lie...sadly, this cancer in the family extends to all salvadoran culture, whose leaders boast that we have higher standards or moral because we are so religious compared to westeners...moral is a subject pendent by salvadorans.

El-Visitador said...


Actually, the fact that Salvadoreans self-report as being unfaithful to their couples at higher rates than other Westerners (with the exception of those debauched Scots!) is quite refreshing and points to a decent level of self-awareness.

I agree with you that I would prefer non-cheaters to cheaters, though.

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As a Salvadorean male, though: 27% of women have cheated! Ouch! That hurts!

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As a Salvadorean: 73% of men are cheating bastards! No wonder the country is so screwed up!

Anonymous said...

Hmm, El Salvador screwed up as a country because 73% of men in relationships are unfaithful; or because of 18 years of the implementation neoliberal, free market economic policies and now an increasinly authoritarian government closing off the political space opened by the Peace Accords? What would Dear Abby say?

alassleves said...

there's an obvious contradiction in el mundo survey: like inner-self, i ha ha HA when i read that salvadoreans losing virginity average age is 17! or reading that salvadoran women have had only 2.3 sex partners in life!! i ha ha HA to pissing reading salvadoran men average sex partners in life is 12.4!!! then this apparently conservative people, lows, or rise?, their previous standards to accept most of them cheat to their partners...only explanation i find is cheating is so highly accepted and valued that nobody wants to be considered non cheater. they say when jesus was ascending to heaven, he blessed us saying: "yo ai los dejo: que el mas vivo joda al mas pendejo."
respecting abby, i'm sure she would have in count every source of information regarding el salvador, not just left wing sources.

Anonymous said...

This article is a complete waste of time, energy and space.

anonymous said...

How can men have more sex partners than women, especially with the men having twice as many as the women admit to? Even if a small percentage of women were servicing large quantities of men, if both sides responding to the survey tell the truth, it has to come out somewhere close to even. Think about it. If you had ten men and ten women living in a house, the men said they had sex with 10 different women, but the women said they had sex with only 5 of the men, someone is lying. If a small number of women had 100 sex partners each while others had the lower rate of 6 each, when you add the 100 into the stats, it drives the average back up to somewhere even with the men. So for men to have twice as many sex partners as women, unless a significant part of that is male on male sex, or small furry animal sex, someone is lying. Cheating and lying, kind of goes hand in hand.

el twin said...

hooo god i,d better go back to my country my girlfriend must be cheating on my I just saw the numbers and it looks like they are having fun down there

Anonymous said...

Wow I just started dating a salvadoran man.. if it is that accepted I am going to have to talk to him about a monogamous relationship. Seems like fathers day there is much more confusing than I thought before.

pirugenia said...

why are Salvadorean men considered among the best lovers in the world? do they have more drive? more testosterone? is it in the food? the national attitude? or is it just the fact that they practice more and start earlier?

Meltingme said...

Salvadorean men are DEFINITELY not better lovers. They ARE CHEATERS