Sex recession

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Sexual and romantic relationships between nubile people collapse. From 1991 to 2017, the number of high school students who had sex decreased from 54% to 40% (-26%). At the age of 20, the percentage of abstinent people has more than doubled, from 6% to 15%. From 1999 to 2014, the average number of intercourse per adult and per year decreased from 62 to 54 (-13%). About 60% of adults under 35 live without a spouse or partner.

These figures come from the United States, but the trend is the same in other countries. From 2001 to 2012, in Great Britain, the number of sexual relations per adult per year decreased from 72 to 60 (-17%) in the age group of 16 to 44 years. In Australia, the same rate went from 94 to 73 (-22%). In 2005, one third of Japanese people under 18 to 34 years old and living alone were virgins. In 2017, the rate had further increased to 43%.

In 1995, a large US longitudinal study showed that 66% of young men and 74% of 17-year-old women had experienced a “special romantic relationship” in the last 18 months. In 2014 when the Pew Research Center asked 17-year-olds if they “ever dated, hooked up with or otherwise had a romantic relationship with another person” —seemingly a broader category than the earlier one— only 46 percent said yes (-34%).

Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?

The cause is not established. However, we can be observed that the recession of romantic and sexual relationships is associated with the development of nationalist hatred, and the development of "legal" drug abuse, in particular the consumption of antidepressants that make people impotent, frigid and violent (the majority of mass killings and suicides are done by people under the influence of fully legal psychiatric narcotics). 

class distinction

It's probably naive to suppose that the "sex recession" also is reigning among the (sons/daughters of the) bourgeois class. Surely they have the money to do what they want. In pre-revolutionary France powerful men could literally get away with torture, see Dworkin's chapter on de Sade. It is still the same today, with some rare convinctions, for example the Casa Pia scandal in Portugual.

Lukacs on Sade

Speaking of Sade, here's a passage from Lukacs (1968):

Marx tries to explain how in the fundamental constitutions of the French Revolution, which established the doctrine of human rights, men also placed limits on the freedom of men. He states: “However, human rights, freedom based not on the association of man with men, but much more on the separation of men from humanity. It is the right of separation, the right of limitation by limited individuals themselves.” Bourgeois society “allows every man to find in his fellow men not the realization but the barrier to his own freedom."

The texts that Marx interprets accurately depicts social reality, although their authors were infused with the heroic illusions of revolutionary transformation. If one wishes to gain a correct understanding of these texts, one must regard them as offering a true portrayal of the actual conditions of bourgeois society. Their great precursor is Hobbes, who describes the condition of man under capitalism as “a war of all against all.” The work of the Marquis de Sade also reflects the nature of the human condition under capitalism, and the contemporary bourgeoisie has newly discovered de Sade as a serious thinker. The sexual act becomes a mirror for human relationships under capitalism.

The Marquis de Sade does not describe the sexual act as a common activity shared by two people, as a partnership between two equals, but rather as an act in which the man exploits the woman as nothing but an object of lust, a dominated object whose participation, feelings, and reactions are of complete indifference to the male. By showing the extremes to which the idea of possession can be carried, Kant’s famous definition of marriage details the inherent social reality of capitalism. Kant fuses the cynical egoism of de Sade with the language of free commodity exchange of a capitalist social formation. Kant says: “Marriage is the agreement between two people of the opposite sexes to the life-long exclusive possession of each other’s sexual organs.”

As frequently happens today, this last statement should not shift the objective focus of our discussion from the sex act as a characterization of capitalist reality to sex in and for itself. It should only point out that Marx’s universal characterization of the fundamental structure of capitalist reality must also be true in the particular, must also accurately describe every type of human praxis under capitalism. Marx had already expressed this capitalist universal human relationship in the Communist Manifesto. The following sentences are contained in that work concerning the praxis of the bourgeoisie as the ruling class, behavior necessarily induced by a capitalist economy. “It has dissolved personal dignity in exchange-value ... it transformed the doctor, the jurist, the pastor, the poet, the man of science into its paid wage-workers."