Researchers from the totally unbiased Texas Christian University in Fort Worth conducted a study of 64 female students. The students were asked about their father/daughter bond, sex and contraception.
The women were asked to rate a list of statements on sexual permissiveness. They could agree or disagree (on a scale of 1 to 9) with statements such as Sex without love is OK. The more permissive among the students were also the ones who had absent fathers. The study also found that "students primed to think about paternal disappointment were more likely to complete... word stems in a sexualized way...than those who were conditioned to think about fatherly support."
Stable, positive influences on a growing child's life are no doubt important. It's just that there is nothing to suggest these influences have to be A) relations or B) in equal male to female ratio. The Texas Christian University has based this on more or less 64 women's anecdotal evidence, so let's add mine in and make it 65.
Does promiscuity really require an explanation always?
It's worth noting my father was absent only in the physical sense, due to a new job rather than divorce, death or separation. However it's still arguable I had no immediate father figure, there was no 'wait until your father gets home' threat because, meh, we'd have a long wait. Was promiscuity something I turned to? Phh, I didn't know the meaning of the word. I really didn't.
The study, due to be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology concluded that: "results provide the first true experimental evidence supporting a causal relationship between paternal disengagement and changes in women's psychology that promote risky sexual behaviour."
With such a small number can such a conclusion be made? Does promiscuity really require an explanation always? Men displaying promiscuous behaviour are driven by their biology, not looking in the wrong place for a mother figure or trying to fix their broken mother/son relationship.
Here's one stereotype we should be addressing, 'women don't like sex' and one truth: 'society doesn't like women having sex'. Study that Texas Christian University.