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Let’s talk about sex, and relations with industry

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 09 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2093

Re: Let’s talk about sex

The new results on sexual frequency find that people aged 16-44 are having less sex than people of the same age 10 years ago. Other developed countries report similar trends [1,2]. Among other things, this tendency apparently reflects a successful overcoming of sexism. Sexual and reproductive coercion in marriage, date rape, etc. have been quite usual and largely regarded as the norm in some less developed societies, contributing to the high abortion rate e.g. in the former Soviet Union. Note that sexual coercion and contraception sabotage are forms of intimate partner violence [3,4].

1. Godlee F. Let’s talk about sex, and relations with industry. BMJ 2019;365:l2093.
2. Wellings K, Palmer MJ, Machiyama K, Slaymaker E. Changes in, and factors associated with, frequency of sex in Britain: evidence from three National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal). BMJ 2019;365:l1525.
3. Park J, Nordstrom SK, Weber KM, Irwin T. Reproductive coercion: uncloaking an imbalance of social power. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2016;214: 74-78.
4. Jargin SV. Reliability of surveys on alcohol consumption, sexual coercion and contraception. J Addiction Prevention 2016;4(2):5.

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 May 2019
Sergei Jargin
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