Kinkiness vs. Experience

The atheist blogosphere’s most ingeniously hypothesizing scientist (Freethought Blogs’s own Jen McCreight) predicts that if only she could get her hands on Ok Cupid‘s users’ self-reported data on sexual kinkiness and sexual experience and graph them, the results would look something like this:

Chart of kinkiness vs. experience with clustered data points

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  • Kiwi Sauce

    Jen suggested PCA, which is one option, as is using decision trees. My theory is that the evangelical ones will be more to the right, in particular the males. Not sure if they will be as high as the kinksters…

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    You know, how far they are to the right depends on how one defines “kinky”. Although the graph separates experience from kink, those two aren’t wholly separable. “I’d kinda like to be tied up” as a fantasy can lead to, “Yeah, that didn’t work,” or “Yeah! I’d do that again, if you want,” to “Yeah!!! Look, I think we have to do this every freaking time. That was great. And I wanna by handcuffs, because being tied up just doesn’t really capture it. I never realized how easy it would be to escape from a tied bathrobe-belt. To really make this fantasy work I need to not be able to escape!”

    Yet, being tied up with a bathrobe belt is not seen as on a par with being handcuffed to bedposts.

    So how do we decide on the kink level of someone with little or no experience.

    Thus, even if you’re right that women function as the kink gatekeepers in evangelical circles (not at all a guaranteed assumption) accurately ranking the kink level of people with less experience is no easy task.

  • John Morales


    Hey, vanilla is a flavour, too!

    • julian

      The most popular one even!