Do British women today have affairs as easily as men?
By FFE EU News Staff
The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles reveal that Brits are finally narrowing the gender gap on sex.
In a survey of 15,000 people aged 16 to 74, more women were found to be getting their end away in the UK. It said that the average number of lovers that women had doubled since 1991, from 3.7 to 7.7 while the rate for men increased from 8.6 to 11.7.
Greater independence had led women to experiment more with different partners before co-habiting or having a child. Part of this experiment includes encounters with other women, which 16% admitted to. This number is 12% greater than the figure in 1991. The number of women who enjoy same sex-relationships and acts exceeded that of men, which is at 7%.
This practice where women were drawn to other women was found to be a reaction against the growing number of young men who get hooked on internet pornography and are unsatisfied with real women.
Despite the rise in the number of sexual encounters Brits have, the number of times people have sex has dropped from five times a week to less than once a week. Part of the explanation lies with people spending more time at work and with their gadgets.
The figures for the age 65-75 group are fortunately not disappointing. 60% of men and 40% of women said they are still sexually active.
One very interesting observation deals with extra-marital activity among the young. Attitudes towards same-sex relationships and disapproval of infidelity have improved. The study revealed that 62.5% of men and 69.8% of women did not tolerate cheating, a great improvement from the figures in 1991 which were at 44.7% and 53.2% respectively.
A reason suggested for this improvement is that sexual fidelity for men and women is greatly being seen as an important ingredient to commitment. The large jump in the figures for men is linked to the ability of women today to have affairs as easily as men.
The survey by the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles is seen as a way for Brits to understand sexual relationships better and to help lead them to more fulfilling sex lives.