Global surveys of sexual behaviour and attitude have only one thing going for them. The sheer triviality of the exercise — of the survey, that is. Measures of sexual attitude and proclivity contain a level of entertainment all their own. The prospect of discovering some new nugget of what works between the sheets attracts readers by the droves. If they seem marketing gimmicks to the discerning, to many they constitute news-you-can-use.
Interestingly, the Global Sexual Wellbeing Survey suggests that Asians ranked themselves among the least satisfied with their sex lives. But aren’t Asians the least satisfied about everything in their lives? One only need drag out the done-to-death surveys on salaries, living conditions (remember Mumbai is a notch above Baghdad?), pre-marital sex and eating habits to know that this part of the world has a lot of scope of improvement in practically everything.
Yet, in October last year, a youth survey suggested that 60 per cent of Indians in the 16 to 34 years age group — presumably a sexually active population — are ‘happy, well-adjusted’ people. This is getting confusing. Is it that secure in the knowledge that nirvana awaits us, we are content to give up that satisfying romp in the bedroom in the here and now? Or is it that we want a little bit of both? Either way, we seem to live by the fatalistic dictum that we have made our own bed and now we must lie on it.