I let out a knee slappin’ guffaw when I read that a British survey said that 49% of men would go without sex for six months to get a 50-inch plasma TV (Mar. 10, 2008, New Yorker).

I wouldn’t do it for a TV, but I might consider it for a full set of professional kitchen knives, another trip to Asia, a new Mac laptop, a summer in Spain, a new king-size bed in latex, or even a full-blown shopping spree at Loehmann’s or Nordstrom Rack….

Big question though: how exactly would you define sex?

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