So um, UCLA Sex. I mean, um, Aces Lux.
Does my mum know I’m writing this section?
Whether you believe in free love or abstinence...
A life altering universal experience, sex—or lack of sex (sigh)—is an unavoidable part of the college experience.
I have tried to be as unbiased and informative as possible. You could write five books on sex and still not cover everything; what I have done is attempt to share information I feel is most useful for a UCLA Bruin.
In the end, your decisions are your own. Don’t come to me asking for child support. (just kidding)
“Yo, I gotta have sex tonight! I mean peep this - They say here ninety-two percent of the honeys at UCLA are sexually active. Ninety-two of the women in Los Angeles at UCLA walking around going, "Class... or sex? What shall I do?" Ninety-two percent, yo!”
—Kenny Fisher, as played by Seth Green, in the film Can’t Hardly Wait
Actually, the statistic is actually around 50/50, according to a 2002 Ashe Center survey. And that is actually kind of LOW. That's right. UCLA students don't get laid as much as the national average. (Why? Because we're too busy studying, of course. *snerks*)
The figure shown above is based on a survey that asked students about anal and vaginal sex. There are many other interesting statistics out there, but know that all studies can be skewed by the questions they ask. For example, a survey that asks if a student is “sexually active” might not be able to clearly define just exactly what “sexually active” means. And surveys in general are pretty skewed. That said, numbers are fun, aren't they?
So here are some numbers. Oh, and you're not the only one not doing it. Or the only one doing it. So shaddup.
· For an informative article on national sex statistics (just how many college students are sexually active?) you should read this Go Ask Alice Article. According to the US government, 50% of high school seniors are sexually active. According to the American College Health Association (ACHA), 73% of US undergraduate students are sexually active (oral, anal, vaginal).
· Then again, according to this Statistical report of a generation, reports through the 1990s consistently gauge about 86 percent of college women as sexually active (Davidson and Moore, qtd. in Elliott, 134). This surpasses college men's rates, which range from 66 to 74 percent.
· According to an alleged study by Cornell University, UCLA’s Hedrick Hall is the 16th most sexually active dorm in the United States and the second most sexually active dorm in California. First in California goes to Stanford’s Corlon Place.
· The age of consent in California is 18 for both men and women, for both heterosexual and homosexual sex.
· 15% of men have paid for sex and 50% of women have faked an orgasm.
The following are some more tables I screenshotted from the aforementioned Ashe Survey.
The UCLA survey found no significant difference in gender or ethnicity for mean number of partners. Less than .5 percent of UCLA students reported having more than 10 sexual partners a year. According to a 1996 the Details "Sex on Campus" survey, the average number of lifetime partners for college men and women is close: 7.2 for men, and 5.7 for women. UCLA is still a bit lower, I guess.
According to a very interesting ABC Primetime Survey, the average amount of lifetime sex partners (when older people were surveyed, too) is 13--with an average of 20 for men and 6 for women. Medians are less shocking and possibly more accurate in this case, though--in that case the median is 5 (8 for men and 3 for women.)
*thwaps* everyone who answered "none" on their survey.
This survey unfortunately only addresses students who have been diagnosed in the past year--so incurable diseases like Genital Warts, Herpes, and HIV can still exist among the people surveyed. Flaw in the survey...also, last year during World AIDS Day some students were tested HIV+, so there are people with AIDS on campus--and probably people with AIDS on campus who don't know that they have AIDS. Herpes, especially--about 50% of college aged students have Herpes Simplex 1 (oral herpes, cold sores, transmitted through saliva)--which can also be transmitted to the genitals through you figure it out. Voila! Ow oi vey.
Only 2.5% of the surveyed individuals reported pregnancy--and since the study included grad students it's totally likely that some were planning families.
In the 2003-04 year, 2,069 pregnancy tests were ordered and processed by the Ashe Center. From October 2004 to January 2005, approximately 380 pregnancy tests were ordered and 66 came back positive. Read more about it in the Daily Bruin.
The Ashe Center's ethnicity based results found that while Asian American Students were less likely to have sex, those who were sexually active were less likely to protect themselves or use a much less effective method (withdrawal). Some Asian Americans may feel stronger cultural pressures against having sex, so planning ahead may cause cognitive dissonance and make them less likely to obtain contraceptives.
Students involved in frats and sororities are more sexually active (around 10% more), but are also more likely to use contraceptives than non-Greek members.