Are Your Friends More Promiscuous Than You Are?

by Ally Batista

Often times, Elite Daily receives a lot of negative feedback about how misogynistic and backwards our articles about women can seem. Society is trained to believe that men more frequently "slut shame" women and that men still believe that a woman should be way more conservative in her sex life.

According to a recent study, this might not be exactly true. Sure, some men may feel this way, but apparently, women are more inclined to not want to befriend someone who is more sexually promiscuous than they are.

According to an article in Science Daily titled “Women Reject Sexually Promiscuous Peers When Making Female Friends,” a new study out of Cornell University found that:

“College-aged women judge promiscuous female peers—defined by bedding 20 sexual partners by their early 20s—more negatively than most chaste women and view them as unsuitable for friendship”

The Cornell study, called “Birds of a Feather? Not When it Comes to Sexual Permissiveness,” finds that “such social isolation may place promiscuous women at greater risk for poor psychological and physical health outcomes.” Well, obviously social isolation leads to poor psychological outcomes, but I doubt anyone is going to be doing physical bullying as a result of your promiscuity.

Personally, I understand this study. Sometimes, your friends are a reflection of yourself and your own actions. If you have only been with a handful of partners, but you befriend someone who has bedded 20 by their early 20s (which is personally outrageous to me), others may begin to associate you with the same sexual freedom, as well.

What do you think about all this?

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