That is to say, despite a general desire for gender equity in relationships, a man still wants to feel he is with a woman and not someone who is competing for, trying to tear down or undermine his manhood.
A media firestorm erupted, and Wilt was attacked from all sides.
The country was at the height of the AIDS crisis, and activists criticized Wilt for his promiscuity.
I had asked for 100-word answers, knowing full well the difficulty of trying to encapsulate the answer to such a question via a Twitter-like response, but I wasn't so sure the men I reached out to would want to take the time to respond with much more than that, anyway (you know, that relationship-y stuff isn't always their favorite topic).
You can imagine my surprise when many of the respondents had taken the time to write a few paragraphs.
In Paleolithic times, cavemen were rumored to stay up late into the night with their fellow troglodytes, gnawing frustratedly on leftover bones and trying to unearth the answer to this most perplexing question.
The truth is, men are just as confusing to the fairer sex.
Nor was there ever a woman who came forward with an unplanned pregnancy, a "little Wilt," or a paternity suit. Every guy in human history has been turned down by a woman at some point. probably extremely few, to manage that 20,000 record.
As a sidebar, Wilt was a huge hero of mine--my supreme basketball hero, as a kid and to this day.
The fact that he said 20,000 women also leaves little time for repeats, or love. Everyone gets sick once in a while, which would have cost Wilt precious time during those 37-40 sexually active years.
But most incredibly, even with those reported 20,000 sexual liaisons, Wilt is not known to have contracted any serious sexually transmitted diseases.
Perhaps they were elated by the idea that, what it was THEY WANTED.