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Shrinking violets

india Updated: Jul 05, 2007 23:22 IST

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If United States President George W. Bush were to read the 2007 Face of Global Sex report released recently, he may well wish that he were living in Rashtrapati Bhavan instead of the White House. For what young people in India do — or rather don’t — is almost exactly what he’s been spending millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money trying to persuade the Americans to follow, that is abstain from sex before marriage. According to the survey, Indians, on the average, lose their virginity at a much later stage of their lives — 22 years, the legal age at which men can marry in the country — than in the rest of the world, particularly in the West.

However, we must confirm that there is no evidence to support the fact that they may have been moved to such abstinence by Mr Bush’s actions. Teenage couples here may still be pronouncing their attraction for each other by dipping their respective straws into the same soft drink bottle while their counterparts elsewhere eagerly raise the statistics of the global non-virgin populace. Yet, mercifully, the slow pace at which they move from gazing into each other’s eyes to something, ahem, a little more intimate, has nothing to do with the belief, being perpetrated both in the US and in our home country, that no sex makes for a great contraceptive.

Better late than never, one could perhaps say. Unfortunately, even after their debut, the Indian sense of timing leaves much to be desired. According to the findings of previous sex surveys, when they finally get down to action, Indian men believe in being the fastest. Rather an anti-climax to the story, isn’t it?