Following a recent report, the UK government is concerned about the rising number of young people trying anal sex.
Officials at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are now ‘concerned’ that young people – especially women – are taking part in the act despite evidence to suggest they don’t actually enjoy it, reports The Independent.
The warning comes amid plans to further restrict access to online pornography – arguing that young people are trying anal sex as a result of having viewed explicit material.
According to the consultation paper:
Many people worry that young people will come to expect their real life sexual experiences to mirror what they or their peers see in pornography.
It often features ambiguous depictions of consent, submissive female stereotypes and unrealistic scenarios.
According to the report, there are also suggestions that porn can have an effect on ‘unwanted sex’.
It reveals more young people are engaging in anal intercourse than ever before, despite research which suggests it is often not seen as a pleasurable activity for young women.
It goes on to suggest that restricting access to pornography could reduce the number of people trying anal sex.
A 2014 British Medical Journal paper from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine interviewed 130 16-18 year olds about their experiences of anal sex.
That study concluded that it involved:
A complex context [of people trying anal sex] with availability of pornography being only one element.
The current government’s negative view of anal sex sounds eerily similar to Margaret Thatcher’s opposition to the practise.
In 1986 the ‘Iron Lady’ watered down an anti-AIDS campaign so as not to acknowledge the existence of anal sex.
It seems like the real issue that needs to be discussed is consent and openness between both partners, rather than focusing solely on the act of anal sex.