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Sexual Trends in the United Kingdom

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Sexual Trends in the United Kingdom

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Sexual Trends in the United Kingdom

From the age of our first sexual encounter to making sure we take precautions during sex, our sexual behaviours and views are changing in the United Kingdom. These trends are not just obvious from one generation to the next, but within as little as a decade differences in our sexual choices are apparent.

With the help of surveys on sexual attitude and behaviours, here we outline some of the main sexual trends in the UK.

Sex and Young People

The most recent instalment of a national survey investigating attitudes and choices in relation to sex, which is conducted every 10 years, found that the average age for first sexual intercourse is 16 and that around 30% of men and women have sex before they are 16. Although one in six pregnancies in the United Kingdom is unplanned, the Family Planning Association reports that rates of teenage pregnancy have fallen by 12.5% in the last two years.

While teenage pregnancy is still more common in the UK than elsewhere in Western Europe, the continued fall in teenage conceptions is welcome news. The fact that STDs are more likely among teens and those in their early twenties and the efforts made to promote safe sex among this age group, encouraging condom use with every sexual encounter, may in part explain reduced rates of teen pregnancy.

Sex and Older Adults

Teens are having sex at a younger age, but figures show that older adults are also having sex for longer. In fact, around 40% of women and 60% of men are still in sexual relationships between the age of 65 and 74. As we are living longer and are generally in better health and more active than previous generations, this is not surprising. However, research by the journal Student BMJ shows that rates of STDs, such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, have doubled among the over 50s in the last 10 years. It therefore seems that the same messages about safe sex are not getting across to older adults, who may think the advice to always use a condom is not applicable to them, but obviously anyone who is sexually active can contract an STD if they don’t take precautions.

Factors such as more of us divorcing later in life and the greater availability of drugs for erectile dysfunction may also be fuelling the rise in STDs among seniors.

Sexual Habits

More of us are having sex at each end of the age spectrum, but we are having sex less often in the United Kingdom than we did 10 years ago. Figures show that we have sex on average just five times each month and even though fewer of us live together as couples now, this cannot fully explain why we are having less frequent sexual encounters.

Another fact is that women now seem to have more sexual partners than a generation ago, though an average of seven sexual partners still puts women behind men’s average of 11 partners. However, the good news is that the number of us having multiple sexual partners and not using a condom is falling, showing that more of us in society are conscious to practice safe sex.

Sexual Attitudes

It isn’t just sexual habits that are changing, but sexual attitudes are also changing in UK society. For instance, although we have more partners, fewer of us now regard infidelity as acceptable behaviour. We are also a lot more tolerant of others sexuality, with more than twice as many of us having liberal views about same-sex relationships than we did 20 years ago.

Guide to Business Travel Etiquette – United Kingdom

About the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is located in Western Europe, northwest of France between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. It is not very large, about the size of Oregon and is home to over 60 million people.

The UK is made up of four distinct regions – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, making it very culturally and ethnically diverse. It may seem that everyone in the UK could be called English, but many people in the UK, especially those in Wales and Scotland may be offended by this. The term “English” refers to natives of England and “British” to citizens of Great Britain.

Language

The majority of people in the UK speak English, but many areas have strong local accents and even dialects which may be difficult to understand. In Wales, Welsh is the language of choice – a Celtic language similar to Gaelic. Welsh is also spoken in some areas of Scotland.

Business Dress

Business dress in the UK is very conservative – dark colors, such as black, navy blue and charcoal are very popular as are heavier fabrics such as wool.

Tips for Men

o Avoid dress shirts with pockets and if they do have pockets, they should be kept empty. The only exception to this is a handkerchief.

o Ties with stripes should not be worn as the pattern may “belong” to a club, military regiment or school of which you are not a member.

o Wear shoes that lace, not those that slip on such as loafers.

Tips for Women

Business dress for women in the UK is not as limited as men’s but a conservative appearance is still important.

Business Hours

Most offices in the UK are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. However, most employees work longer hours as they prefer to complete their work at the office instead of bringing it home.

Government offices are open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm and are closed for lunch from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

The best time of day to make an appointment is in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Breakfast and lunch meetings tend to be rare – outside of major cities.

Holidays

The UK has only eight national holidays a year, the lowest number in Europe. Most families with children will take annual vacations in July or August and the majority of businesses are closed between Christmas and New Years.

Conversations and Behavior

Many people in the UK are private and reserved – finding it difficult to engage in small talk with strangers. Beginning a meeting with a handshake is customary and a formal greeting is viewed as a sign of respect.

The English have very good manners and they view Americans as too casual, especially in speech. Be sure to speak clearly, in complete sentences and keep your speech at an even tone. Avoid animated conversations and a lot of hand gestures.

United Kingdom Vs India: The COVID-19 Vaccine Vexation!

In the recent cricket Test Series between England and India the 2-1 result in favour of the visitors still hangs in balance entirely due to the fact that a few non-playing members of Team India were found COVID-19 positive which implies that the fifth and the last Test had to be cancelled only because of India’s fault even though not a single playing member of the team got the infection. Now, the change in travel regulations for Indians visiting United Kingdom could be a fallout of the cricket hanger, meaning that the Indians are feared as more prone to getting or spreading the COVID-19 virus with its variants; that India is the originator of the more infectious Delta variant which is again mutating into the Delta Plus; and perhaps also possibly that the handling of the Second Wave of the pandemic in India had been disastrous. Therefore, basically the Englishmen could be feeling insecure with vulnerable Indians loitering around in their territories after sort of achieving the feat of living with the virus and opening up everything including the cricket stadiums to the crowds without the necessity of even masks. They are conveniently forgetting the basic truth that vaccine breakthroughs are possible also for fully vaccinated people everywhere in the world, not just India.

What the UK government has done is very wrong, unexpected and absurd: that the Indian travellers, irrespective of vaccinated or not, will have to undergo at least two RT-PCR tests and have to be on 10-day quarantine after arriving there. Apart from the unnecessary inconvenience and exorbitant costs involved, particularly for the Indian students going there to study, this basically implies that the vaccines in India are fakes, and a fully vaccinated person in India becomes ‘unvaccinated’ once s/he arrives in UK. Why? The Indian vaccine Covishield is in fact a licensed product of UK, being the officially valid version of their homemade AstraZeneca vaccine developed by the Oxford University, and in more significantly India had exported millions of doses of Covishield to their country earlier. The fully India-made Covaxin has been proved to be as effective as any other vaccine of the world in preventing at least the serious form of the disease and hospitalization.

The Government of India and the Ministry of External Affairs have already lodged a strong protest with the United Kingdom government calling the measures discriminatory and also warned of adopting reciprocal action. If unresolved, this is going to seriously hamper the healthy bilateral relations between the two countries. The UK foreign department has assured India of a re-look into it, but so far the discriminatory regulations are not lifted. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also rebuked UK for such actions. However, it is the WHO that has not yet approved either Covishield or Covaxin for emergency use all over the globe despite the former’s link to the approved AstraZeneca and the latter being proven safe and effective. This raises a crucial question about the authenticity of the respective drug regulatory authorities of various countries: are all the regulators only country-specific and not valid for other regulators? This absurd situation must change, if only to give the proper respect to the medical scientists and experts involved tirelessly in the vaccine-making and the approving process in the shortest possible time. And the Indians figure prominently in the number of medical scientists or experts involved in the process across the world, apart from the fact the India has been the largest vaccine supplier to the world.

Earlier the discussion had been about ‘vaccine nationalism’; now as the situation warrants we’ll have to discuss about the syndrome of the ‘vaccine superpowers’ and the inequalities emerging out of that with one block denying or not recognizing the other block. For example, the Russian and the Chinese vaccines are yet to be accepted across the globe without WHO approval. Former US President Donald Trump still seems to have the trump card by giving everything, during his last year in office, into the development of the most modern Messenger RNA (mrna) vaccines, namely Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, which are available for use across the globe. However, developing countries like India and other poor countries cannot afford these vaccines due to very high prices and the storage hassles. Ultimately, the WHO has to take up such vexing issues as it had earlier made international sharing of the ready vaccines compulsory for all countries.

The absolutely wrong and the discriminatory measures of the United Kingdom, almost smacking of racism, must be lifted as soon as possible and the WHO must expedite the approval process of the Indian vaccines and other proven vaccines of the world. The priority should be completely on freeing Planet Earth from the curse of the pandemic in the fast track, and definitely not on rivalries, racism, nationalism and bilateral or international fights or skirmishes.

As per latest reports UK has included Covishield in their list of approved vaccines which would take effect only from 4th October 2021. But to confound matters further the authorities have refused to accept India’s CoWin vaccine certificates, and this means the 10-day quarantine plus tests continues still for Indian travelers.

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