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Poll: Britons on virginity & prostitution

 
 
Reply Sun 22 Jan, 2006 02:41 am
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No sex please until we're at least 17 years old, we're British

Denis Campbell, social affairs correspondent
Tuesday January 24, 2006

Observer

A remarkable portrait of Britain's increasingly liberal attitudes towards sex, relationships and fidelity is revealed today in a special poll commissioned by The Observer. The MORI poll of 1,790 adults reveals that people are delaying the moment when they decide to first have sex, that they support greater sex education in schools and that they think prostitution should be legalised.
The fact that Britons are losing their virginity later is perhaps the most surprising detail, dispelling the widespread belief that teenagers are having record levels of under-age sex.

The poll reveals that the number of people having sex before 16 years old has fallen from 32 per cent in 2002 to 20 per cent now.

The age at which the typical Briton loses their virginity has increased since they were last asked in 2002, when the figure was 17.13 years. Young women generally have sex younger than their male counterparts - at the age of 17.44 years, compared with 18.06 for men.

Surprisingly, the proportion of teenagers losing their virginity before the legal age of consent at 16 has fallen, with the drop most notable among 14- and 15-year-olds. The survey of people aged 16-64 also shows that Britain has undergone a significant softening in attitudes to other sexual issues.

The most alarming finding, however, was that almost one in three women said she had sex without her consent. Fourteen per cent of women said they had had non-consensual sex while trying to keep the other person happy. Nine per cent did so under the influence of alcohol and 8 per cent when there was physical pressure to do so.

In addition, almost two-thirds believe prostitution should be legalised, an increase of four points since 2002. Those admitting to having had sexual contact with someone of the same sex has also risen, from 11 per cent to 15. Almost three in 10 Britons have had sex with someone of a different colour.

A high proportion, 84 per cent, backs the recent call from the government's advisers that all schools should teach pupils about sexual behaviour and relationships, not just the basic biology of reproduction, which is the only statutory sex education. Anne Weyman, head of the FPA (formerly the Family Planning Association) said: 'For years young people have told us this part of their school education is "too little, too late and too biological". It's a big step forward to see so many adults agreeing with them at last.'

However, one in five is dissatisfied with their sex life. 'We may be more liberal in our attitudes but we are clearly not any happier,' said Paula Hall, a sexual psychotherapist with the counselling organisation Relate.

She said that another key finding, the fall in the number of people who believe that monogamy is natural, from 74 per cent to 67, showed that with Britons living longer and healthier lives, the idea of lifetime fidelity is in decline.

'However, it's probably the case that people nowadays increasingly expect to be in more than one significant relationship, but still expect to be faithful for as long as that goes on,' Hall said.

'The large number of people who break up and quickly become involved with [someone who becomes] another long-term partner bears that out.'

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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 22 Jan, 2006 03:06 am
The Scotsman looks at that poll with a different headline:

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Sun 22 Jan 2006

'Legalise prostitution' say a third
Almost one-in-three people in Britain believe that prostitution should be legalised according to a new opinion poll.


A Mori poll for The Observer found that 65% were now in favour of legalised prostitution - up four points on a similar survey in 2002.


The findings follow the announcement that up to three prostitutes may be able to work legally together in a brothel under a planned shake up of the current laws.

In other findings, the survey found that people were losing their virginity later, with 20% having sex for the first time before the age of consent at 16 compared to 32% in the 2002 poll.

The average age at which people lose their virginity has fallen from 17.74 years to 17.13 years. For women the average age is now 17.44 compared to 18.06 for men.

More than a third - 36% - said that they were dissatisfied with their sex lives while 31% of women and 8% of men said that they had had sex which they did not consent to.

Among women, 14% said that they had non-consensual sex when they were trying to keep the other person happy, 9% did so under the influence of alcohol and 8% when there was physical pressure to do so.

A large majority, 84%, said that schools should teach pupils about sexual behaviour and relationships, and not just the biology of reproduction.

Some 15% said that they had had sexual contact with someone of the same sex, compared to 11% in the previous poll.

:: Mori questioned 1,790 adults aged 16 to 64 between January 6 and 10.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 22 Jan, 2006 03:06 am
Full tables of the online survey will be available on mori.com from tomorrow, but here's a bit more in today's The Observer.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 22 Jan, 2006 03:09 am
Figures from the 2002 poll about the same subject here at

How do you measure up?
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Sun 22 Jan, 2006 03:17 am
From a 2004 Global Sex Survey

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Age of first sex

• People worldwide are having sex for the first time at an average age of 17.7
• Women are sexually active earlier than men - at 17.5 compared with 17.8
• Young people are having sex for the first time at a younger age than previous generations - while the over 45s were 18.2 and 21-24 year olds were 17.5, 16-20 year olds were just 16.5
• Almost three in 10 (29%) say they were 16 or under when they lost their virginity
• Icelanders are having sex younger than those in any other country (15.7), followed by the Germans (16.2), and the Austrians (16.3)


http://www.durex.com/cm/images/GSS/Graphs/ques_01.gif
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 22 Jan, 2006 04:26 am
Re: Poll: Britons on virginity & prostitution
Walter Hinteler wrote:
The most alarming finding, however, was that almost one in three women said she had sex without her consent. Fourteen per cent of women said they had had non-consensual sex while trying to keep the other person happy. Nine per cent did so under the influence of alcohol and 8 per cent when there was physical pressure to do so.


Yes, that is alarming.
Keeping a person "happy" by having non-consensual sex.: That seems more a 1950s attitude that early 21st century. Strange how we believe some attitudes have changed but they haven't at all.
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