Would you pay for sex?
I asked that question in the Taboo Sex Survey—and very few women said that they would. (Men would, will, and have.)
Several recent studies have reported the not surprising news that French women over forty have more sex than their British or American counterparts. For example, a survey by France's Regional Health Observatory found that just 15 per cent of French women in their fifties and 27 per cent in their sixties said they hadn't had sex in the past year. By contrast, a British survey showed 34 per cent of Britons in their fifties and 54 per cent in their sixties hadn't had sex in the past year. (The figures are similar in American studies.)
Partly, that can be explained by cultural attitudes. French women are still considered desirable into older age (just as American men are.) The French don’t see love and sex in such limited all-or-nothing—monogamy/celibacy—terms. They don’t seem to fall prey to the Prude ‘Tude, the anti-sexual and judgmental attitude adopted by so many aging American and British women once they have all but given up on sex.
But there is another factor boosting the older Frenchwoman’s sexual frequency statistics: She will pay for sex.
Reflecting on cultural value variations, Pamela Druckerman, author of one of my favorite books, Lust In Translation: The Rules of Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee, (Penguin Group) concludes: People everywhere lie about sex, buying sex doesn’t constitute as cheating in many countries—and no Western society takes adultery more seriously than Americans.
She believes that Anglo women voluntarily quit sex; French women don’t. “They are willing to embrace experiences that will not lead to marriage and are not even long-lasting.”
Another interesting book on French women: What French Women Know: About Love, Sex and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind (Putnam, USA) by Debra Olliver.
And two French films that will give you some insight into the gigolo experience: “Heading South” featuring the incomparable Charlotte Rampling and “Cliente” in which the heroine buys nights with boys off the internet.
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