Smart Sex

On my way back from Ecuador last week, I wanted to get smarter: so I picked up one of those smart science magazines in the airport. My husband would say that I saw the headline on the cover touting yet another funky fact about sex. I didn’t. But I may have some kind of magnetic response to said articles. I seem to have no trouble finding them.

This one—ironically—was about smart people and sex. The article went on to cite great research evidencing that the smarter the teen…the longer they delayed their first act of sexual intercourse. Turns out it’s not only smarter to save sex, but smart people seem to do just that!

If you don’t know whether or not you think it’s a smart choice to save sex, you’ve probably never heard my girlfriend Pam Stenzel reason the pros and cons of sexuality activity using primarily scientific information about sexually transmitted diseases.

Of course, I’m not all that smart and so I left that smart magazine in the “seat pocket below my tray table.” I can’t quote the article exactly, but I did manage to come up with this when I did a little digging on the Internet today. Check this out:

The rate of sexual activity at smart schools—like Harvard, Princeton and MIT—is considerably lower than other schools. Only 56% of undergrads at Princeton have had sex. At Harvard it’s 59%. This is a good 20-30 percentage points below state schools. The smartest news came out of MIT where a mere 51% of the student body consider themselves to be non-virgins.

“It’s because they’re nerds,” I hear from the peanut gallery? Did you miss the memo stating that the beautiful Ashley Judd got her diploma from Harvard? How about Matt Damon? While I can’t speak to the sexual choices of these two gorgeous creatures, I just wanted to point out that they are not nerds!

So whaddya think?

Smart sex is saved sex! Thats what I think!

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  • I love this information and it brings up an issue I’ve had in the back of my mind for months. I have a 3.8 college GPA (I have enough time left in school to build it up to a 4.0 =-) and a life plagued with sexual sin… Am I really such an outlier?

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