I'm surprised that the Salon reporter was surprised by this statistic. It seems conservative to me. There are SO many different reasons why a woman might not have sex until later in life. They cite a study which concluded that the chief reason women remains virgin are a combination of "shyness, body-image issues and getting a late start."
Perhaps my view is skewed by clinical drift, but by far the most common reasons I've observed for why people wait are either (1) deep inhibitions about sex (often religious in nature) and 2) a physical or emotional trauma that has made intimacy difficult if not impossible.
A bunch of you have written to ask about the speech I gave to the Brandeis Women's group last Friday. I'm planning to put something up here to fill you in - in fact, I'm thinking of adapting my speech notes and posting them here. I'll do it as soon as I can, hopefully sometime tomorrow.
...Will and I had flown home from New York the day before, taking off from Newark after a visit with my family. My mother had tried to convince us to stay another day and postpone our flight until the 11th, but we had stuff to do at home, and took off as scheduled on the 10th so we could catch up on work.
On the morning of the 11th, we were sleeping in when the phone rang. I was so tired, I answered the phone half-mumbling. It was our girl, Jen, saying "We've been attacked by terrorists. The World Trade Center was hit. It's gone." For a minute, I thought I was dreaming this. I hung up and ran back to the bedroom, waking Will up with the news. We immediately turned on the TV and tuned to CNN. And there it all was. Not a dream but the worst nightmare come true.
Environmental group Greenpeace called on the European Union to ban the use of chemical plastic softeners in sex toys because they contained dangerous substances known as phthalates.
"Adult sex toys contain the same toxic substances that the European Union banned from use in children's toys," Greenpeace said in a press release from its international headquarters here.
The environmental group said it was shocked to find that seven of the eight sex toys it had tested contained between 24 and 51 percent of phthalates....
I'll be off-line for most the day Friday. Heading into Atlanta, where I'll be speaking to members of the regional Brandeis University National Women's Committee over lunch at a Buckhead restaurant. The topic: Empowering Femininity. I'll be talking about some of the subjects I'm working on now for my new book, including the importance of developing new models of sexual behavior for adults. Hopefully I will give them food for thought about the meaning of sex in their lives. Jen's coming with me, so she'll give me an honest critique. Possibly a TOO honest critique. :) We'll see.
Quite a departure from this quiet, humble country life. This event will require high heels! And an alumni group is an all-new kind of audience! I'm intrigued but I wonder what they'll make of me.
Two testaments might help here. The first is the life-affirming praise for the delights of the gay male arse-munch offered by Sauna Sessions maestro, Seymour Butz....The second comes from American lobbyists, Concerned Women For America (sounding suspiciously like a South Park episode)....
It might well have been called a “Disease Fest,” but a homosexual “pig sex” orgy went forward, apparently without interruption, on May 24 in a warehouse in Chicago.
The event was timed to coincide with the annual sadomasochistic “International Mr. Leather” celebration, which reportedly drew up to 2,000 “leathermen” to the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel May 23-27.....
The “pig” event was...devoted to homosexual men who practice sodomy, and the most extreme and perverse acts of the sadistic “leather” subculture – including “fisting”.
… and more arse-munching than pro-family activists dreamed possible, no doubt.
If your reaction to that is something like, “Woo-hoo! Book the air tickets!”, you’re almost certainly a sex pig....