Why we’re not hav­ing sex.

Let’s talk about why we’re not hav­ing sex—and why mod­ern life­styles could be to blame.

ELLE (Canada) - - Elle - By Sarah Tre­leaven

l ast sum­mer, So­phie Fon­tanel pub­lished The Art of Sleep­ing Alone: Why One French Woman Sud­denly Gave Up Sex. The book chron­i­cles 12 years of celibacy by choice, first em­braced when the au­thor was 27. “I’d had it with hand­ing my­self over,” she writes. “I’d said yes too much. I hadn’t taken into ac­count the tran­quil­ity my body re­quired.” Fon­tanel is a long-time ed­i­tor at ELLE France, and peo­ple were alarmed by the idea that a French­woman—a mem­ber of the na­tion that prac­ti­cally in­vented se­duc­tion—would trade in the ex­cite­ment of some­one else’s warm hands for the calm of laven­der milk baths and a cold bed.

But Fon­tanel is not the only one sleep­ing alone. While most of us haven’t de­lib­er­ately turned to celibacy, re­cent re­search claims that peo­ple across the de­vel­oped world—in­clud­ing Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France and Ja­pan—are hav­ing less sex (typ­i­cally de­fined as in­ter­course) than a gen­er­a­tion ago.

A 2013 study pub­lished in The Lancet found that Bri­tons aged 16 to 44 re­ported hav­ing sex less than five times a month— h

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