February 14, 2006

The safest sex you can have with a partner

Proving once again that Canada's ahead of the game (except for that unfortunate Harper thing), Reuters reports that

Of more than 2,500 university and college students polled across Canada, 87 percent of them are having sex over instant messenger, webcams or the telephone, according to results of a national survey released on Monday.
IM sex was slightly more popular than webcam/phone sex, claiming devotees among 53 versus 44 percent of respondents. I'm wondering whether this also translates to more anonymous or quasi-anonymous sexual activity, too; I'd assume it would be easier to maintain anonymity over IM than webcam or telephone.

The article attributes the technosex boom to the fact that "most post-secondary school students grew up using computer technology, and their lives currently revolve around technology, so it makes sense that it would extend to their sex lives." Does this jive with your thoughts, dear readers? Or do you think this is also a reaction to growing up knowing that no sex is truly safe? Our is pretty much the first generation that, since birth, has been allowed no illusions about "consequence-free" partnered sex - I think that has something to do with the reason that people are taking advantage of the technology they've also grown up with to forge sexual connections with other people without the risk of pregnancy and STIs.

(The Harper thing, though, is pretty bad: did you hear that his newly-appointed minister to La Francophonie - the worldwide organization of French-speaking states, regions, and territories - can't speak French? Good job, Mr. Prime Minister. Well done.)

7 comments:

bvbgb said...

But Mr. Menzies "has taken a French immersion course and says he plans to continue learning," so I guess he's perfect for the job!

Come on, Harper, make more mistakes like this one: independence will come a lot sooner than we expected.

maudite entendante said...

I think I should be minister to la Francophonie. At the very least, I'm cuter than Menzies is, right?

Ok. So people may have varying opinions on that count. Still, though, the argument about having a Francophone delegate representing Quebec and an Anglophone delegate representing Canada comes perilously close to acknowledging the existence of Quebec as a Francophone governmental entity. Oops. If by "oops" I mean "niiiice." (If by "niiiice" I mean "sucks to be an allophone right now.")

bvbgb said...

Yes, the whole "société distincte" thing again... Meech and all. And it's definitely not gonna happen with Harper.

By the way, I agree with you that it sucks being an allophone, but not just in Québec; it just sucks being an allophone anywhere, except that the word is not used outside of Québec...

emily0 said...

M.E., you realise you wrote "sucks to be an allophone right now"?

fiyktz: The linguist's equivalent of a Freudian slip.

maudite entendante said...

Em -

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=allophone

Second entry: "A person [in Canada] whose native language is other than French or English." With all this talk about how having an anglophone and a francophone occupying similar positions in the government makes everything nice and tidy and equal, I was just just sighing over how allophones are being waaaay totally ignored again.

But yes, as M. GB points out, it sucks to be an allophone anywhere...

maudite entendante said...

also, I can't believe we're discussing language politics in the comments of an entry about cybersex... *grin*

bvbgb said...

An entry that I greatly enjoyed by the way.