Sending sexually explicit pictures by mobile phone is now part of everyday life for almost half of teenagers, according to new research showing a backlash among young people against Britain’s increasingly sexualised culture.
Eight out of 10 18-year-olds now believe that pornography is too easy to access, including by accident, and six in 10 admit that its pervasiveness made the process of growing up more difficult for them.
And in a marked rejection of the “free love” ideology espoused by many in previous generations, two thirds of British teenagers now believe that people today are “too casual” about sex and relationships.
The study for the think-tank the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) found that many older teenagers even blame adults for failing to do enough to discourage them from rushing into sex or counter the influence of pornography.
Some spoke of feeling “pressured” into sex by teachers through rushed and awkward sex education lessons promoting the message that it is “normal” to have sex before the age of consent as long as contraception is used.
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[…] The study was conducted by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who interviewed 130 teenagers aged 16-18 in three sites across the country to “explore expectations, experiences and circumstances of anal sex among young people”. They found that anal sex among heterosexual couples was “painful, risky and coercive, particularly for women” and that males expected to persuade or coerce reluctant partners:
Even in otherwise seemingly communicative and caring partnerships, some men seemed to push to have anal sex with their reluctant partner despite believing it likely to hurt her…
…Persuasion of women was a feature to a greater or lesser degree of most men’s and women’s narratives about anal sex events, with repeated, emphatic requests from men commonly mentioned…
…Women seemed to take for granted that they would either acquiesce to or resist their partners’ repeated requests, rather than being equal partners in sexual decision-making. Being able to say ‘no’ was often cited by the women as a positive example of their control of the situation.