Tuesday, November 26, 2013

More Sex for Women Than Men; Lesbian Sex on Rise

A new study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, shows the ravages of the sexual revolution typical on both sides of the Atlantic: The average number of sexual partners for women has doubled, whereas for men the average is up by one-third, yet twice as many women as men dislike having sex. More women are getting sexually transmitted infections. Women are choosing homosexual behavior at four times the rate of just two decades ago, and in general, any and all behaviors beyond conventional sexual intercourse is increasing.
“Women are more changeable in relation to social norms than men.  Orientation isn’t just gay, straight or bisexual. The boundaries are getting fuzzier.”
-- Cynthia Graham, sex researcher at the University of Southampton
For background, read U.K. Prime Minister Says Rampant Pornography Corrupting Society, Especially Children as well as Teenage Sex Linked to Suicidal Tendencies: Study

Also read Teenage Girls Need More Risk-free Sex, Doctors Say and read that Education Experts Say Use Porn in Teaching Sex Ed

In addition, read Study Shows Lesbianism is NOT Genetic

-- From "The truth about women and sex : They start younger and have more partners – and those are not necessarily men" by Steve Connor, Science Editor UK Independent 11/26/13

Women have caught up with men in the sexual revolution - and have even overtaken them in the case of same-sex relationships - but they are still the ones who pay the biggest price in terms of sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies, the national sex survey has found.

Four times as many women now report same-sex experiences with other women compared to 20 years ago. They are also starting to have sex earlier in the lives and are having more sexual partners over their lifetime than a generation ago, according to the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, published in The Lancet.

The four-fold increase in sexual activity between women - which does not necessarily include genital contact - is one of the most dramatic shifts in behaviour identified by the survey, which was carried out between 2010 and 2012 and involved detailed interviews with more than 15,000 adults aged between 16 and 74 about their sexual behaviour and attitudes.

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From "Brits having less sex _ but more variety" by The Associated Press 11/25/13

Debra Lynne Herbenick, who led a survey on American sexual habits at Indiana University in 2009, said the findings in the U.K. were comparable to evolving attitudes in the U.S.

On average, the number of sexual partners reported by women has doubled, from four to eight, whereas the number for men rose from nine to 12. The research also found an increasing sexual repertoire among both genders, with higher levels of anal and oral sex reported.

“It reflects a shift away from sex being seen purely in the context of reproduction toward a greater emphasis on pleasure and recreation,” said Kaye Wellings, head of social and environmental health research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, one of the leaders of the research. She said similar results about changes in women’s sex lives have been found in France.

Other scientists said the findings supported previous research that have found sexual orientation for women tends to be more fluid than for men.

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From "Brits Enjoy Sex Even at the Age of 70" by Vishakha Sonawane, Parent Herald 11/26/13

The survey results found that 31 percent of men and 29 percent of women aged between 16 and 24 lost their virginity before the age of 16.

"The change in women's behaviour across the three surveys [over two decades] has been remarkable. In some areas of sexual behaviour we have seen a narrowing of the gender gap, but in others we have seen women overtaking men in the diversity of their behaviour. These trends need to be seen against the backdrop of the profound changes in the position of women in society, the norms governing their lifestyles and media representations of female sexuality," said study co-author Professor Kaye Wellings, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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From "Are Women Closing the Sexuality Gap?" by Kaye Wellings, Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (co-lead of the Natsal study), Huffington Post 11/26/13

. . . Both the increase in numbers of sexual partners among women, and the increase in the proportion who have had a sexual experience with another woman, is more marked among those who are better off financially and more highly educated. These are the groups who are generally in the vanguard of social trends. In seeking diversity through sex with men and with women, for example, women may be exercising lifestyle choices. The study findings show that fewer women than men self-identify as gay, and more see themselves as bi-sexual.

The proportion of study participants who tell the researchers they don't enjoy sex is small, but it is twice as high among women as men. Women are more likely to get a sexually transmitted infection. And they are far more likely to have experienced sex against their will - one in ten women, compared with one in 70 men.

[It used to be that] the imperative was not to have sex, at least not until you were married, and unless your partner was of the opposite sex, and sex was likely to lead to babies.

Now, if the pages of the internet and lifestyle magazines are a guide, that imperative has reversed. The advice in many is how to have more and better sex, in different ways. This is all to the good.

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Also read Abstinent Teens the Norm, Moral Sex-Ed Works: Study