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November 21 -  November 27, 2000


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This page contains news for the period November 21, 2000 through November 27, 2000.



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Thursday, November 23, 2000

Sex in the city: single and married Londoners tell all

A story published today in the London Evening Standard provides readers with a collection of short interviews with a wide variety Londonders -- both married and single -- who disclose the details of their sex lives.

Although sex is generally private because it is usually performed behind closed doors, the story says that everybody jokes about it, or lies and exaggerates.

The story points out that, except for the most basic classifications - straight or gay, co-habiting or single - the chances are you won't know the first thing about the sexual habits of the person sitting next to you in the office. You won't know whether, on a Friday night, your married best friend is swinging from the designer rafters or watching Frasier on TV.

Londoners' sexual appetites and habits are quite varied, but it's hard to get anyone to talk about them openly. In fearless, pioneering spirit, the paper asked 11 brave and candid Londoners some very personal questions. Film stars, fantasy, f***ing and Fulham - all sexual life is disclosed.

The story changed names, and in some cases occupations, to protect the bedroom secrets of the people interviewed. What may surprise you, given that we're all supposed to be exhausted, over-stressed, over-worked and therefore under-sexed, is quite how often many of our interviewees are having sex.

Among those interviewed are:

The long term married mother
The co-habiting male
The celibate
The newly married woman
The long-term gay relationship
The single man
The sex addict
The long-term lesbian relationship
The previously promiscuous
The bisexual
The gay single man

To read the full story, and for links to each of the interviews, click here.


Wednesday, November 22, 2000

British study says unwed parents 'more likely to split'

A story published today by the BBC News says that according to a seven-year survey of 10,000 people, found that many more British children are being born to parents who are cohabiting, greatly increasing the risk that they will end up in single parent families.

The study, by the Institute for Social and Economic Research, suggests that marriage provides a more stable environment for children.

It found 70% of children born to a married couple will live all their childhoods until they are 16 with both natural parents.

Children born to unmarried co-habiting couples only have a 36% chance of living with both parents until they are 16. As a result, they are more likely to spend part of their childhood with one parent.

Robert Whelan, director of Family and Youth Concern, said the findings were no surprise.    "Co-habiting unions are inherently unstable and the problem is that policy makers now fail to distinguish between marriage and co-habitation when drawing policy and legislation," he said.  "Children need to have stable lives and be born within marriage."

National Family and Parenting Institute chief executive Mary MacLeod said that marriage was a very important souce of stability within family life.

"Four out of five children still live in a family with two parents, and nine out of 10 of those parents are married.  The majority of young people still say they want to get married. However, if present divorce rates continue, married people will become a minority in the adult population."


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