Case in point: we put a number of controversial sex-related statements about men to a representative Australian audience as part of the study, including the statement “real men can have as many sexual partners as they like; real men never say no to sex” – and 75% of men surveyed disagreed with this statement.
We’ve all heard the adage “a key that opens many locks is a good key, a lock that opens for any key is a bad lock.” Our data would seem to challenge that (rather slut-shaming, it must be said) attitude.
It would suggest that a majority of Australian men have a more mature, less stereotypically ‘macho’ attitude to love and relationships – they don’t just value chalking runs up on the board or don’t feel pressured to be constantly sexually available.
Interestingly, female respondents to our Men’s Matters Survey were even more against the statement than men, with 86% disagreeing. That also suggests that Australian women’s attitudes about men’s sexual appetites are changing – that is, they have a less reductive view of men in the bedroom.
It also suggests that women are less interested in playboys (or sexual double standards)… Although that’s perhaps a less surprising conclusion to draw.