In Ireland, the Catholic Church oppressed women and their sexuality for generations, but do Irish women these days face another oppressor - other women? And is the pressure to be an oversexed 'new woman' just as damaging as the sexual repression of the past? Norma Costello speaks to some young Irish women who just want to feel pleasure without being called 'sluts' or 'skanks' and do not wish to have their sexuality dictated to them. Temple Bar after midnight and a drunk girl is 'shifting' a guy in the square while a passer-by grabs her ass and shouts, "Nice one," for the world to hear. She turns and laughs before picking up where she left off and the night continues. I've seen this too many times.
James Jordan on flickr Whoever said that "bad sex is better than no sex at all" was not a woman. A study of the sex habits across the EU carried out by Women's Health magazine revealed that those women who are getting the most action in bed are least satisfied with their sex lives. Seven out of ten Irish ladies say they are not satisfied with sex, yet it's not for the lack of trying. An astounding 42 percent of them have sex more than three times a week, The Irish Sun reports. I abstain from speculating what all of this says about Irish men. Say what you say about their lovemaking skills, they are the most committed men in Europe. According to the European Singles Survey, commissioned by PARSHIP, part of Europe's largest premium online matchmaking service, 57 percent of Ireland's single men hoped that their next relationship would result in some form of commitment.
Fan fiction depicting romances between the likes of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are a popular form of sexual expression online. Here is a brief sampling of things that have happened to me while on dates with people I met on dating sites and hook-up apps:. And then there were the silences.
What is it about the Irish and sex? Pre-Christian Irish attitudes to sex were decidedly more liberal than in recent times, where Cupid is saddled with a chastity belt by an outwardly pious nation. Read More: Love-seekers show up at St. Valentine's resting place in Dublin. Ancient Irish laws, called the Brehon Laws, provided women full equality with men.