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Top 1% or bottom 1% January 24, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in humor, india, rant, statistics.
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One line summary of this post : 20% of those who want to marry virgins have accosted prostitutes. 26% of those who did accost prostitutes want to marry virgins. Hypocrisy wins yet again !!

Consider the question (put to men) asked as a part of the survey : At what age did you first have sex?

Now look at the response and guess the city where the survey was conducted.

LESS THAN 15 YEARS – 11%
16-18 YEARS – 41%
18-21 YEARS – 36%
22-25 YEARS – 12%

Answer : With a robust sample size of 2,559 males across 11 cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Patna, Ludhiana, Kolkata and Chennai), street-corner sampling was used to find respondents from the India Today latest issue.

Wow ! Shocker indeed. Disbelief. Maybe I have lost touch with urban India or was never in touch. Or respondents are plain lying. Or the poll methodolgy is suspect. Its got to be one of them. Those numbers add up to 100 %. Is there nobody in the >25 years bracket ? Not even in Bangalore ? ( Cmon yaar ! I know a few. Well, maybe the survey tells me I don’t know them well enough !). Or did India Today choose to talk to men below 25.

Rajaram, I remember your 1% minority funda. The debate was just about whether that was top 1% or bottom 1% ! 🙂

But I guess according to this survey, the Urban Indian man should get an award for hypocrisy. As the Reuters report quoting the survey doesnt fail to point out :

Nearly two-thirds of young Indian men expect the woman they marry to be a virgin, but nearly half have had sex with prostitutes, according to a poll.

Let me do some math here. If there are 100 men, 50 of them have accosted prostitutes and the other 50 haven’t. Now 63 of the 100 expect to marry virgins. That means in the best case, of these 63, 50 are those who didnt accost prostitutes and 13 are those who did !! In the worst ( and more unlikely case ), of the 63, 50 are those who did accost prostitutes and 13 who didnt !! That means in the best case scenario, 13/63, nearly 20% of those who want to marry virgins have accosted prostitutes. Worse still, 13/50 nearly 26% of those who did accost prostitutes want to marry virgins.

Oh Indian man ! how, I wonder, do you manage to look at yourself in the mirror ? Double standards man, thats the way to go. I really hate people who have so-called ‘single standards’ !

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