By Andy Merrett
Jun 19, 2005
Women confess to new state of affairs
LOVE is no longer just a couple thing. A government-funded report has identified a new generation of women who do not consider infidelity to be taboo but are ready to conduct concurrent relationships with two or more lovers.
One in 10 women says she had an â€šÃ„Ãºoverlappingâ€šÃ„Ã¹ relationship in a 12-month period compared with one in 20 a decade a go. The figures show women are rapidly catching up with men in the infidelity stakes.
The rising number of affairs is detailed in a report by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) entitled Seven Deadly Sins. It also shows that just one in 100 of people now marry the person they first have sex with, compared with the majority in the 1950s.
Kaye Wellings, professor of sexual health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and author of the section on lust in the report, said: â€šÃ„ÃºThere used to be absolute rules about sexual behaviour. But in an increasingly secular society people behave according to how they think they ought to treat people.
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