Monday, December 1, 2008

No Sex Please, We're British!

So goes the old saying...which I've discovered comes from the title of a farcical play!

Well, it turns out that the Brits are not asexual after all!

According to a new study, Britain is the most promiscuous country in the world!

This comes as no great surprise to me, because although I hasten to say that I am very lucky to have a faithful British husband, I have felt really quite prudish at times as an American visiting the UK! For example, when we took our children to the supposedly family-friendly pantomime last Christmas of "Cinderella," I shocked by the double entrendres and campy plot elements. All of the tabloids have topless centerfolds. When Mike visited Thailand with British friends back in the '80s, the women regularly sunbathed topless. I've noticed a much higher preponderance and acceptance of unmarried middle-class women having babies, and referring to their mates as "partners." Many of our British friends have lived together for eons before getting married. Sex is talked about way more openly in media (prime time!) and popular culture than it is in the U.S.

Researchers asked more than 14,000 people in 48 countries to fill in questionnaires about numbers of partners and one-night stands. Their attitudes were assessed by asking them how many people they expected to sleep with over the next five years and how comfortable they were with the idea of casual sex. The results of the study were combined with an index of 'sociosexuality' --a measure of how liberal people are when it comes to sex. Most people scored between 4 and 65, with higher scores showing more liberal approaches.

In terms of countries, Finland had the highest rating with an average score of 52 and Taiwan the lowest with just 19. Britain scored 40, placing it 11th overall, behind countries such as Latvia, Croatia and Slovenia--but it was highest among major Western industrial nations with a population of 10 million or more. They found that when it comes to one-night stands, numbers of partners and attitudes to casual sex, Britain leads the field, ahead of even liberal nations such as the Netherlands and the passionate Italians.

First, the world discovered that all British food is indeed not tasteless (although some of it is), and now this. What is the world coming to?

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