Comedian Russell Brand has told The Big Issue magazine that at the height of his womanising often he had sex with different women daily – once as many as nine. I don’t suppose it matters that his record ‘conquest’ took place in Ireland.
Recently Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall apologised for his sexual waywardness in the 1980s, which saw him have sex with 3,000 women in a three year period.
I commented on what might drive men to have multiple sexual partners in my August 9th post Why would Peter Crouch cheat on Abbey Clancy?
Just as interesting as the motives of what drove Brand, Hucknall and other celebrity sex addicts are those of the legion of mostly anonymous young women eager to have sex with star names.
Even allowing for some exaggeration on the part of Brand, Hucknall and the others, clearly there are many women past and current ready to jump into bed (if time allows) with famous men.
Very few of these women are selling their stories to the tabloids. They can’t all suffer from low esteem or come from broken homes. And it can’t be the quality of the sex – not if they’re already the fourth of the day – and their celeb still has his evening performance to come, so to speak.
No, the inconvenient truth the rest of the male population has to face is that there are attractive women ready to forget the niceties when a star beckons from the other side of a night club.
As Brand explained: “The fame and kind of will that I had meant that, instead of taking someone for a date and then going to the pictures and then calling them, I was able to go, "Let's do sex right now!"
The question remains why do the young women put out so readily? They can’t be all under the illusion that their brief sexual encounter will lead anywhere.
The answer may be life-force essentialism. Let me explain – or rather let Paul Bloom, Professor of Psychology at Yale University explain.
In his latest book How Pleasure Works, he finds, it is a more or less universal belief that “there is an essence within each individual that makes it special.” Further more, it is transferable, “which is one of the many reasons why the powerful have little problem finding sexual partners,” writes Bloom.
It isn’t the purpose of this post to examine whether the root of fan worship – up close or from a far – is the desire that some of the qualities of the object of devotion will rub off on the worshipper.
But it is perfectly possible to believe that quite literally this hoped for transfer is at work in a sexual context when a groupie makes herself available to a celebrity.
As she settles in the back seat of the cab, having been ushered out of the hotel backdoor to make way for her replacement, has our girl been used or has she experienced a brief brush with fame she will recall with excitement for the rest of her life? I would answer probably both.