How many sexual partners have the seemingly promiscuous ladies of Sex and the City had? 95 (94 men, one woman). Samantha's had 41 (plus one woman) and Carrie has had like 18. But what about the real women of New York that these characters are supposed to represent? You know, the ones who walk by you on the street, bump into you in a rumbling subway car, or press their bare breasts onto your face while you're on your lunch break and awkwardly tugging at your wedding ring? How many sexual partners have they had? Well, the average is 20, which is pretty darn close to Carrie's magic number (so far! haven't seen the movie yet!) and is double the amount of bonin' buddies than is typical elsewhere in the country. There's something about this city's smoke, its grime, and its residents' smug sense of entitlement and elitism that just gets women going.

Perhaps it's the anonymity or just the sheer volume of men that really does it: "I stopped counting at 56. There are so many opportunities to meet men here - bars, restaurants, clubs, walking down the street, the deli. Men are everywhere." So says Christine a 36-year-old SoHo resident. It's true! There are lots of guys (...Italian guys..) all over this island (and milling about the outer boroughs). New York is just a good place to fuck! Just ask Linda, 39, who once did it on my beloved/hated F train: "It was three in the morning and the car was empty. So we were like, 'Why not.'" Whee! Let's all do it willy nilly like Samantha! Although, hold up. One woman does not relate to or approve of all this free wheeling. Interestingly enough, she's a stripper.

Uh, excuse me. Exotic dancer. Her name is Crystal, she is 22, and she works at midtown T&A hole Rick's Cabaret. And she doesn't like all this sexy talk: "The women on 'Sex and the City' went through so many guys they devalued sex. I've seduced thousands of men, but my actual number of sex partners is one, maybe one and a half. Sex should be special." Oh. OK. I can respect that. But, erm, one "and a half"? Lady, is you meaning to say... Actually, I don't really have any idea what that means. Thoughts, anyone? [NYDN]