Obviously it takes a certain kind of mind to ask 2,400 women if they would sacrifice a full year of sex to be skinny. In this case, the mind works at Fitness magazine.
Now, I’m sure that some of those women interpreted “sex” to mean “sex with a partner”, are single, and figure they aren’t getting any anyway, so why not? However, I submit that if you’re having orgasms then some kind of sex is happening … and I don’t see a reason why orgasms require the presence of another person. (Yes, the right partner absolutely adds a lot to the experience. The wrong one —and I’ve had a few — reminds me of why I was thrilled to discover Babeland (NSFW).)
Even so, I’m sure there were some women for whom this question caused some soul-searching. Sexual pleasure, with its attendant health and emotional benefits? Or societal approval, making life easier in hundreds of ways (even if it doesn’t measure up to your dreams)?
But I’m wondering, really, what this question being asked and it getting 51% says about our society.
Of course, other thoughts are welcome in the comments.