Ever since French First Lady, former model and bed mate to rock stars Carla Bruni admitted that she slept with 15 people before marrying President Sarkozy, people are playing the numbers game. Is she a "slut?" Does 15 mean 30 in reality? Are we to assume she's great in bed? Have I slept with too many people? Too few?
I once interviewed a self-proclaimed marriage expert who preached limiting one's sexual experience to zip before getting married, with the idea that if you sleep with anyone besides your lifelong partner, you're more likely to cheat. He explained it thusly: "Compare your husband to vanilla ice cream. If you've already tasted peach ice cream, sooner or later you might find yourself wanting another taste. But if you've never tasted another flavor, then you won't know what you're missing, so you won't have any desire for it." Yeah, really. It was probably one of the stupidest arguments I've ever heard.
Of course, I could go on and on but I won't repeat what's already been said on the subject. Should you crave uh, more "ice cream," Rachel Kramer Bussel writes an articulate, well-thought essay that you can read over at The Huffington Post. But what I'm really interested in is hearing from you: In 2008, is there any such thing as a "respectable" number? How many is too many?