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And so, no one has sex anymore, but why? | Arwa mahdawi

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(Not much) sex in the city

And so, no one has sex anymore. Middle-aged people don’t have much. Young people don’t have much. Japanese people don’t have much. Neither did the British or Australian or Americans. Over the past decade, several studies have found a significant decrease in sexual activity around the world, the last example This being a recent study focused on the US that shows decreases from 2009 to 2018 in all forms of sexual activity as a couple and a decrease in adolescent masturbation. The researchers, by the way, analyzed self-reported information from government surveys among 14-49-year-olds; It may be a very different story when it comes to those over 50.

So what is happening to the youth and youth these days? Why is sexual activity decreasing? While the study did not analyze the possible underlying factors in much detail, nor did it examine the effects of the pandemic, two of its authors, Debby Herbenic and Tsung-chieh (Jane) Fu, recently shared their hypotheses with American scientist. The (very technical) bottom line of the conversation is that there are probably a lot of factors at play. Of course, there is an increasing use of social media and video games. A decrease in alcohol consumption could be another factor. Perhaps most interesting and disturbing, however, is the researchers’ hypothesis that the incorporation of extremely rough sex could be driving a generation of young people away from sex.

In recent years there has been a significant normalization of choking and strangulation during sexual intercourse. Pornography has played an important role in this, but women’s magazines and popular culture (50 Shades of Gray, for example) have also helped to do rough sex. “Fashion”. Hebernick and Fu told Scientific American that choking or strangling during sex “appears to be a prevalent behavior among college students.” While in many cases it is consensual and enjoyed, researchers note that aggressive sex can also be intimidating. “We don’t know to what extent that may be prompting some people to opt out. [of sex]But we know that some people feel scared, ”Fu said. “They could give their consent to have sex, but something like suffocation could happen without being asked first.” That’s not an unreasonable fear – in 2019, the We Can’t Consent To This campaign group pointed that out, in the last decade. Thirty women and girls have been killed in what was claimed to have been consensual violent sexual activity in the UK. “Rough sex went wrong” has become a worryingly common cover for femicide.

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To be clear: there is nothing wrong with rough sex as long as it is truly consensual. The troublesome thing is when the young learning about sex through porn and think that violence is a normal part of intimacy. Hebernick and Fu’s observations on the normalization of rough sex echo the comments singer Billie Eilish made last month about the impacts viewing pornography from a young age had on her mental health and how it skewed her expectations of how it should. be sex. “The first few times I … had sex, I wasn’t saying no to things that weren’t good,” Eilish said in an interview on the Howard Stern Show. “It was because I thought that was what was supposed to attract me.”

It’s easy to turn the porn industry, which isn’t exactly known for being overly concerned about ethics, into a scapegoat for everything that’s wrong with society. But if young people have unhealthy views on sex, you can’t just blame porn, it’s also down to a lack of proper sex education. Between 2002 and 2014, the percentage of schools in the US that require students to learn about sexuality fell from 67% to 48%. The United States government he also spent a staggering $ 2 billion in abstinence-only shows between 1982 and 2017. If young people are learning about sex through porn, don’t just blame the porn industry – ask yourself why they don’t get better information elsewhere.

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