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How Often Do People Have Sex at the Office?
By Arianne Cohen
November 12, 2012

An expert advises, "Don't put it in writing...."

As someone who reads people’s sex diaries professionally — for my books and website I collect thousands of them — I am here to report that former CIA Director David Petraeus is really just a talented guy who, considering his marital and work history, is a typical American male.

Petraeus has been married for 38 years. Very few human beings sleep with just one person in a 38-year period. Most people simply aren’t married that long. According to the Census, the majority of marriages end long before the 38th anniversary mark (the average divorce occurs eight years after the wedding), and of the marriages that stay intact for 38 years, approximately half involve at least one other sexual partner.

Various news outlets reported that Petraeus had sex under his desk at CIA headquarters. This makes his case a rare one. Although the workplace is the most common place to meet a new partner, few people actually have sex at the office — in the 3,500 diaries I’ve read, a grand total of 11 office affairs actually took place within the workplace walls. Workaholics logging long hours, particularly those working 12- to 18-hour days, account for seven of those 11. (Oh, and regarding the issue of on the desk vs. under the desk, I’ve discovered that people who prefer steadiness and balance — and the kinds of sexual positions given names such as “missionary,” for instance — opt for the floor. The desk is the domain of more acrobatic love-makers.)

Offices are no longer the great bastions of sex that they were in the Mad Men era, when doors were thick and carpeting thicker. The age of wide open “co-working environments,” glass walls, and security cameras has made the office a difficult place to find privacy. (Unless, of course, your office in a mid-20th-century government building is possibly camera-free and fully secure because you’re the head of U.S. intelligence — and perhaps your boss will never notice because he’s the president of the U.S. during an election year. Just saying.)

Regardless, privacy aside, there’s one thing I find to be an absolute certainty: If you communicated evidence of your lovemaking by e-mail or text message — like Petraeus apparently did — my research shows that you will likely be found out. All cheating affairs I encountered were discovered because of a digital paper trail. Remember, people: Don’t put it in writing.

Cohen is the author of The Sex Diaries Project: What We're Saying About What We're Doing (John Wiley & Sons).
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Austrian Congress hears how porn is now a global issue
19 November 2012

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Watching pornographic material on the Internet is now a global addiction fuelled in recent years by a large number of people looking at X-rated material online while at work.

That was the claim made at a congress examining medicine and therapies for sexual issues in Salzburg by a German expert at the weekend.

Berlin-based Dr Christoph Ahlers whose clinic advises couples on sexual issues said that there were already 60 million people looking on a daily basis at the world's largest free porn website – adding: "Two thirds of the visits are made by people at work."

He added: "Modern viewing of porn is no longer something in which strange individuals are engaged in in quiet rooms at video booths. It is now a worldwide phenomenon. Sixty million views of which two thirds are people sitting at their computer at work is a powerful indicator of what is happening. The second peak is from viewers at home after midnight."

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Dental Assistant Fired For Being 'Irresistible' Is 'Devastated'
23 December 2012
by Tanya Rivero and Alyssa Newcomb

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After working as a dental assistant for ten years, Melissa Nelson was fired for being too "irresistible" and a "threat" to her employer's marriage.

"I think it is completely wrong," Nelson said. "I think it is sending a message that men can do whatever they want in the work force."

On Friday, the all-male Iowa State Supreme Court ruled that James Knight, Nelson's boss, was within his legal rights when he fired her, affirming the decision of a lower court. "We do think the Iowa Supreme Court got it completely right," said Stuart Cochrane, an attorney for James Knight. "Our position has always been Mrs. Nelson was never terminated because of her gender, she was terminated because of concerns her behavior was not appropriate in the workplace. She's an attractive lady. Dr. Knight found her behavior and dress to be inappropriate."

For Nelson, a 32-year-old married mother of two, the news of her firing and the rationale behind it came as a shock. "I was very surprised after working so many years side by side I didn't have any idea that that would have crossed his mind," she said.

The two never had a sexual relationship or sought one, according to court documents, however in the final year and a half of Nelson's employment, Knight began to make comments about her clothing being too tight or distracting. "Dr. Knight acknowledges he once told Nelson that if she saw his pants bulging, she would know her clothing was too revealing," the justices wrote.

Six months before Nelson was fired, she and her boss began exchanging text messages about work and personal matters, such as updates about each of their children's activities, the justices wrote. The messages were mostly mundane, but Nelson recalled one text she received from her boss asking "how often she experienced an orgasm." Nelson did not respond to the text and never indicated that she was uncomfortable with Knight's question, according to court documents.

Soon after, Knight's wife, Jeanne, who also works at the practice, found out about the text messaging and ordered her husband to fire Nelson. The couple consulted with a senior pastor at their church and he agreed that Nelson should be terminated in order to protect their marriage, Cochrane said.

On Jan. 4, 2010, Nelson was summoned to a meeting with Knight while a pastor was present. Knight then read from a prepared statement telling Nelson she was fired. "Dr. Knight felt like for the best interest of his marriage and the best interest of hers to end their employment relationship," Cochrane said. Knight acknowledged in court documents that Nelson was good at her job and she, in turn, said she was generally treated with respect.

"I'm devastated. I really am," Nelson said. When Nelson's husband tried to reason with Knight, the dentist told him he "feared he would have an affair with her down the road if he did not fire her."

Paige Fiedler, Nelson's attorney, said in a statement to ABC News affiliate KCRG that she was "appalled" by the ruling. "We are appalled by the Court's ruling and its failure to understand the nature of gender bias," she wrote. "Although people act for a variety of reasons, it is very common for women to be targeted for discrimination because of their sexual attractiveness or supposed lack of sexual attractiveness. That is discrimination based on sex," Fiedler wrote. "Nearly every woman in Iowa understands this because we have experienced it for ourselves."

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What an arrogant prat, to assume he'll have an affair with her 'somewhere down the road' with her clearly showing no interest in such a thing. Besides, he's obviously bored with the little wifey but if she thinks she's going to fire or keep women away from him... time for a divorce, lady, because once that dog starts sniffing around you're last choice at best.

Some comments reflect my own thoughts:

    I sexually harassed you, therefore I have to terminate your job to stop sexually harassing you. You will be missed.

    ... so he has a wet dream and she loses her job?

    He's got a pretty inflated opinion of himself if he thinks he's so irresistible that she'll have an affair with him after that harassing text about orgasms.

    What makes that putz of a dentist think he ever had a shot at a MARRIED woman who worked for him anyway ? Egomania anyone ?

    She should have sued for hostile workplace instead of wrongful termination.

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27 November 2012

A frisky one-in-three officer workers say they've had sex with a colleague at the firm's Christmas party, a new study has revealed.

And half of those who confessed went on to have a full blown fling with their workmate, says the study by German no-strings sex website FirstAffair.de. An even higher number - more than half at 56 per cent - said they fantasised about a sexy encounter at the works' bash.

And 40 per cent of women told pollsters they go "weak at the knees" over the idea of sex with the boss, especially on his desk.

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Woman gets worker's comp for sex injury
December 17, 2012

CANBERRA, Australia (UPI) -- An Australian federal worker was awarded worker's compensation for an injury she sustained while having motel room sex on a work trip.

The woman, who works for a federal agency, suffered injuries to her nose and mouth when a glass light fitting above the motel room bed fell while she was having sexual intercourse in New South Wales in November 2007, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Monday.

Workplace health insurer Comcare had appealed the woman's worker's comp claim, saying the injury had nothing to do with the woman's job, but the Federal Court sided with the woman, who argued the her employer was responsible for her for the duration of the trip.

"If the applicant had been injured while playing a game of cards in her motel room she would be entitled to compensation even though it could not be said that her employer induced or encouraged her to engage in such an activity," the judges said.

A Comcare spokesman said the company is deciding whether to appeal to the High Court. "The issue is a significant one. Workers need to be clear about their entitlements and employers should have an understanding of their responsibilities and how to support their staff," he said.

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Dental Assistant Fired For Being 'Irresistible' Is 'Devastated'
23 December 2012
by Tanya Rivero and Alyssa Newcomb

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After working as a dental assistant for ten years, Melissa Nelson was fired for being too "irresistible" and a "threat" to her employer's marriage.

"I think it is completely wrong," Nelson said. "I think it is sending a message that men can do whatever they want in the work force."

On Friday, the all-male Iowa State Supreme Court ruled that James Knight, Nelson's boss, was within his legal rights when he fired her, affirming the decision of a lower court. "We do think the Iowa Supreme Court got it completely right," said Stuart Cochrane, an attorney for James Knight. "Our position has always been Mrs. Nelson was never terminated because of her gender, she was terminated because of concerns her behavior was not appropriate in the workplace. She's an attractive lady. Dr. Knight found her behavior and dress to be inappropriate."

For Nelson, a 32-year-old married mother of two, the news of her firing and the rationale behind it came as a shock. "I was very surprised after working so many years side by side I didn't have any idea that that would have crossed his mind," she said.

The two never had a sexual relationship or sought one, according to court documents, however in the final year and a half of Nelson's employment, Knight began to make comments about her clothing being too tight or distracting. "Dr. Knight acknowledges he once told Nelson that if she saw his pants bulging, she would know her clothing was too revealing," the justices wrote.

Six months before Nelson was fired, she and her boss began exchanging text messages about work and personal matters, such as updates about each of their children's activities, the justices wrote. The messages were mostly mundane, but Nelson recalled one text she received from her boss asking "how often she experienced an orgasm." Nelson did not respond to the text and never indicated that she was uncomfortable with Knight's question, according to court documents.

Soon after, Knight's wife, Jeanne, who also works at the practice, found out about the text messaging and ordered her husband to fire Nelson. The couple consulted with a senior pastor at their church and he agreed that Nelson should be terminated in order to protect their marriage, Cochrane said.

On Jan. 4, 2010, Nelson was summoned to a meeting with Knight while a pastor was present. Knight then read from a prepared statement telling Nelson she was fired. "Dr. Knight felt like for the best interest of his marriage and the best interest of hers to end their employment relationship," Cochrane said. Knight acknowledged in court documents that Nelson was good at her job and she, in turn, said she was generally treated with respect.

"I'm devastated. I really am," Nelson said. When Nelson's husband tried to reason with Knight, the dentist told him he "feared he would have an affair with her down the road if he did not fire her."

Paige Fiedler, Nelson's attorney, said in a statement to ABC News affiliate KCRG that she was "appalled" by the ruling. "We are appalled by the Court's ruling and its failure to understand the nature of gender bias," she wrote. "Although people act for a variety of reasons, it is very common for women to be targeted for discrimination because of their sexual attractiveness or supposed lack of sexual attractiveness. That is discrimination based on sex," Fiedler wrote. "Nearly every woman in Iowa understands this because we have experienced it for ourselves."

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'Irresistible' Iowa woman fired for being too sexy
24 December 2012

AFP - An "irresistible" Iowa dental assistant fired for threatening her boss's marriage -- even though she turned away his advances -- has lost her discrimination lawsuit.

Melissa Nelson, who is married with children, had worked for James Knight for 10 years before his wife complained about his infatuation with her. Nelson told the court that she had seen Knight as a father figure and a man of "integrity" who generally treated her with respect.

But about nine years into the job, Knight started to complain that her clothes were "distracting" because they "accentuated her body," and he sometimes asked her to cover up with her lab coat. At one point, Knight told Nelson that "if she saw his pants bulging, she would know her clothing was too revealing," court records showed. After she told him that his complaint about the tightness of her shirt wasn't fair, he texted back that it was a good thing she didn't wear tight pants too "because then he would get it coming and going," the court records showed.

And at one point when Knight discussed infrequency in Nelson's sex life, he told her "that's like having a Lamborghini in the garage and never driving it."

Knight's wife, who also worked in the dental office, put her foot down when she discovered the two were texting each other. After meeting with their pastor, Knight agreed to fire Nelson because she was a "big threat to our marriage." Knight had his pastor by his side when he told Nelson that their relationship -- even if there was no sexual affair -- had become a "detriment" to his family and that for the sake of both their families they shouldn't work together.

He later told Nelson's husband she had not done anything wrong or inappropriate, but that he was worried "he would try to have an affair with her down the road if he did not fire her."

Since Nelson did not consider Knight's behavior to be sexual harassment, the Iowa Supreme Court determined the question to be "whether an employee who has not engaged in flirtatious conduct may be lawfully terminated simply because the boss views the employee as an irresistible attraction." While Iowa law prohibits discrimination against employees based on gender, the all-male court ruled that Knight's conduct was "unfair" but "did not amount to unlawful discrimination."

"I'm trying to stay strong. It's tough," Nelson told CNN on Saturday, two days after the ruling was released. "I don't think it's fair. I don't think it's right." She denied wearing provocative clothing, telling the television network she wore loose-fitting scrubs to work under her lab coat.

Knight's attorney said there was a clear precedent to allow employers to fire employees who aroused jealousy in their spouses. "He and his wife really agonized about it," Stuart Cochrane told CNN. "He didn't want to terminate her."

Source: France24.

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Armed protection officer who bunked off work to meet lover sentenced to nine months in prison
by James Legge
Monday, 18 March 2013

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An armed diplomatic security officer who abandoned his duties for extra-marital sex has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

Ricci Giff's job as a motorcycle officer included guarding Downing Street and anti-terrorism work. He left his London patrol area, including some of the UK's most "high-profile targets", three times in late 2011 to meet Melissa Ramsden.

One of the meetings was five miles from his patrol area. Others took place during night shifts at her flat in Kilburn, when he told his colleague he was going to meet a friend in Paddington. One time the 38-year-old's unattended police motorbike was found outside her flat by officers who raised the alarm in case he was in danger, only to see him come out and ride off.

Giff, of Sandy, Bedfordshire, is married with two young children and has 15 years police experience. He admitted three counts of misconduct in a public office at an earlier hearing, but looked visibly shocked when he was jailed.

Southwark Crown Court heard he left his radio on while he was with Miss Ramsden, but Judge Anthony Pitts said: "It probably in fact made it quite difficult for you to respond quickly if you were in the middle of making love to her during these periods. That is a job of some responsibility and importance. Of course, most of the time there would not be an emergency. But you are there as part of a unit in a designated area, on call ready to respond immediately to what may be an incident of extreme urgency. That is your job."

The court heard today he met Miss Ramsden, 37, on other occasions, including one December 2011 shift when he was protecting Downing Street - but they were allowed because they happened during breaks in his 12-hour shifts. After the Downing Street shift he went to her flat and it was then that she posed for photos, including one in which she was naked apart from Giff's uniform utility belt, containing his gun and Taser.

Ms Ramsden worked for the Israeli tourism office - part of Giff's patrol route. She killed herself in December 2011. Giff was not implicated in her death, the court heard, photographs and text messages found on her phone by investigating officers revealed their relationship. She had a history of depression and was found dead at her flat, days after their last meeting. She sent him a text message the day before, thanking him for "being loving".

Claire Howell, prosecuting, said: "There were large periods of time where he (Giff) was trusted to be within the patrol area ready to respond if required. He was fully armed and supposed to be part of a high-profile unit guarding high-profile targets. He, more than anyone else, would have appreciated the potentially catastrophic results if anything had happened and there was a delay in the response time."

Richard Atchley, representing Giff, said he apologised for his actions, especially to his wife and colleagues for letting them down. He said Giff had had a difficult childhood and could have led a life of crime but opted instead to join the police, where he had an exemplary career until his relationship with Miss Ramsden. This career was over because of his "foolhardy" actions, he said. "He has paid a high price for his foolish and unprofessional behaviour," he added, saying Giff never missed a check during his motorcycle patrol in the capital.

The court heard that at the time of the affair Giff was going through a "baby blues" period with his second wife. Giff remains a police officer pending disciplinary proceedings, he said, which will see him sacked.

Source: The Independent UK.

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Great-grandmother accuses San Diego mayor of sexual harassment
By Marty Graham
August 15, 2013

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(Reuters) - A 67-year-old great-grandmother became the latest of 16 women to publicly accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment, as city officials calling for him to resign sought to turn up the pressure on the embattled politician.

Peggy Shannon, who earned $8 an hour in a part-time City Hall job providing information to senior citizens, said Filner repeatedly made unwanted advances toward her over a period of several months, asking for dates and once kissing her on the mouth. She did not give a specific timeframe for the alleged incidents. On one occasion, she recounted, "Mayor Filner came by my desk and asked me if I thought he could go eight hours in one night. I was shocked that he would say that to me."

Shannon, a great-grandmother whose job supplemented her Social Security income, said Filner's behavior left her embarrassed and in tears, but she ultimately decided to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Investigations Office and to go public. She did so at a news conference accompanied by attorney Gloria Allred, who also represents the mayor's former press secretary, Irene McCormack Jackson, who filed a sexual harassment suit against Filner and the city on July 22.

At least 15 other women have come forward since then - Shannon being the latest - to accuse the 70-year-old Democrat and former congressman of groping and other sexually inappropriate behavior. The allegations have prompted nearly every elected official in San Diego to call on Filner to resign as mayor of California's second-largest city, and a bipartisan campaign seeking his ouster through a recall election has been launched.

Filner has apologized for what he has acknowledged was a pattern of disrespectful and intimidating treatment of women, and said last month he would undergo two weeks of intensive behavioral counseling. According to his lawyers, Filner completed his therapy on Saturday - about 10 days earlier than originally planned - and would continue counseling while remaining on personal leave for another week. Representatives for Filner could not immediately be reached for comment.

TALK OF REMOVAL

Meanwhile, the mayor has come under mounting scrutiny for his use of a city-issued credit card for what opponents describe as questionable expenses and for allowing city lobbying contracts to lapse for several months.

Those two issues have led to discussions among the city attorney and City Council members of possible moves to curtail Filner's powers as mayor or force his removal from office. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith on Thursday publicly circulated a legal memo explaining a city charter provision that allows for an expedited lawsuit by the city, seeking the removal of any city official found to have made unauthorized expenditures of municipal funds. Such a judgment would be rendered by a court, not by the City Council. But it would be up to the council to authorize the filing of a declaratory relief action at the City Attorney's request, Goldsmith, a Republican, wrote.

City Council President Todd Gloria, a Democrat, has said he believes such an action would be considered in closed session with the city attorney next Wednesday, said Katie Keach, deputy chief of staff for Gloria. She said it was up to the city attorney to decide on what basis Filner might be sued for unauthorized payments from the city treasury. The city attorney's Office did not answer repeated requests for comment. Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer, a Republican and chairman of the audit committee, has called into question some $21,000 he said Filner spent using city credit cards on a June trip to Paris. Filner has promised to reimburse the city for those expenses.

The online newspaper U-T San Diego has reported the mayor ran up $11,000 in city credit card bills over several months for which he initially failed to submit required receipts, including nearly $1,000 deemed as personal expenses. The mayor's office has said he would repay those expenses. Faulconer has set a hearing next month to review the mayor's credit card use, and Gloria has called on the mayor's office for an update on contracts for lobbyists who are paid to represent the city's interests in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

Gloria has raised the idea of seeking to strip the mayor of intergovernmental responsibilities and turn those powers over to the City Council.

(Reporting by Marty Graham; Writing and additional reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Ken Wills)
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AFP - An Australian politician was forced to quit a parliamentary ethics committee Tuesday after his ex-mistress revealed lewd texts he sent her, including one reportedly of his penis in a glass of red wine.

Queensland state government MP Peter Dowling, who has been married for more than 25 years, apologised to his family for the pain and embarrassment of the scandal which was sensationally published in the Courier-Mail newspaper.

"I am not proud of the events plastered all over the paper," Dowling, a Liberal National Party politician, told parliament in reference to reports he had sent the woman several explicit text messages, including one which involved full-frontal nudity. "I can't and won't defend any part of it."

The MP, who was also accused of taking advantage of parliamentary trips to rendezvous with his mistress, said he would stand aside as chair of the ethics committee to allow an investigation into his travel to take place. Dowling, who is also a member of the parliamentary crime and misconduct committee, said he had complied fully with all parliamentary rules for disclosure of travel.

"I am today voluntarily stepping aside from both committee roles so that this matter can be fully investigated and considered by the Clerk of Parliament," he said. "I don't want pity, I only ask that my family be left alone while this matter is considered by the Clerk."

The revelations have emerged as another "sexting" scandal swirls around New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who is under pressure to abandon his campaign over new online escapades a year after he was forced to quit Congress for similar conduct. Dowling's story emerged after his ex-mistress, who has not been named, wrote to the parliamentary speaker about their affair and revealed that they had sex in the politician's parliamentary annex bedsit and electorate office.

The Courier Mail said it had seen several of the texts, including one of a man's underwear-clad crotch, another of genitals and one in which a penis was in a glass of red wine headed "He wanted a Red Wine..."

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Australian woman loses bid for compensation for sex injury while on work trip
By Flynn Murphy
30 October 2013

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An Australian woman has lost her bid for compensation for an injury while having sex in a motel room Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Australia's highest court has ruled a bureaucrat injured while having sex on a work trip is not entitled to workers' compensation
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The bureaucrat, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was hospitalised in November 2007 after a glass light fitting above a bed she was having sex in fell onto her face injuring her nose and mouth. The woman also suffered psychological injury. The woman was visiting a regional office observing the budget review process, meeting regional staff and undertaking training — and staying in a motel room booked by her employer.

According to the court transcript the fitting was pulled from its mount either by the woman or by her acquaintance. The important test case was brought by Comcare, the government's insurer, which said it centred on whether the woman was "considered ‘in the course of employment’ for workers’ compensation purposes."

The ruling, which would have flow-on effects for other compensation cases, shows that in order to be eligible for compensation Australian workers must be "expressly or impliedly induced or encouraged by the employer" to undertake an activity which leads to injury. There was no suggestion that the sexual activity was work-related. In addition, the court found the activity was "not an ordinary incident of an overnight stay like showering, sleeping, eating, or returning to the place of residence from a social occasion elsewhere in the vicinity." If the light fitting had been faulty however, the woman would have been entitled to compensation since she was at the motel at the encouragement of her employer, the court found.

The woman was originally granted compensation by the Full Bench of the Federal Court in December of last year, a decision the High Court has now reversed. The case was decided in a 4-1 decision. Comcare has undertaken to pay the legal costs of the case.

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National sex survey: Distractions of modern life mean people have less sex
by Adam Withnall
Tuesday, 26 November 2013

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The distractions of social media and worries about the recession mean couples in Britain are having less sex than at any other time in the past two decades, the national sex survey said.

On average, those aged 16 to 44 were having sex less than five times a month. Compare that with figures of more than six times a month in the same studies 10 and 20 years earlier, and researchers say modern life appears to be having a noticeable impact on libidos.

The figures come from the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), which is carried out once a decade and this year questioned more than 15,000 people aged 16 to 74.

Dr Cath Mercer, from University College London, told BBC News: “People are worried about their jobs, worried about money. They are not in the mood for sex. “But we also think modern technologies are behind the trend too. People have tablets and smartphones and they are taking them into the bedroom, using Twitter and Facebook, answering emails.”

Lead Natsal author Kaye Wellings, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said that the stress of the recession and the need to work when away from the office could be to blame for the decline in sexual frequency, according to reports in The Times. “In a recession we find an association between unemployment and a low number of sexual partners, perhaps due to low self-esteem,” she said.

For men, the average number of sexual partners in a lifetime has also dropped, down from 12.6 to 11.7. It is another story for women, however. The study suggested that they are starting having sex younger, having more partners, and that those are not necessarily men. Meanwhile, the survey also asked people about instances when they had been coerced into having sex. One in 10 women said that they had been made to have sex, compared to one in 71 men. In around 83 per cent of instances for both genders the person responsible for the coercion was someone they knew.

Source: The Independent UK.

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Topless barber charged with unlicensed cosmetology
29 November 2013

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LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) -- A woman who allegedly offered topless hairstyling services in northern Colorado faces criminal charges. But police say the problem isn't cutting hair without a top. It's cutting hair without a license.

The Longmont Times-Call reports ( http://goo.gl/Hh55PN ) 46-year old Suzette Hall was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of practicing cosmetology without a license.

Hall's former partner says she advertised $45 topless haircuts online. According to the arrest warrant, the former partner called police about the topless styling because she "did not believe this was safe or proper." Police weren't able to turn up any Craigslist ads.

Hall's ex-husband told police she set up shop in Loveland and offered services as "Rebel Barber." He told police she applied for "a nude license for hairstylists," but no such license exists.

Information from: Daily Times-Call, http://timescall.com/
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Three Downing Street police officers will not face pornography charges
by Ben Quinn
Saturday, 8 February 2014

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Metropolitan police said the images are of an extreme sexual nature but do not involve children and that a file has now been passed to the CPS. Photograph: Dan Chung/.

Three of the armed police officers assigned to guard Downing Street who were investigated over allegations that they used their mobile phones to exchange extreme pornography will not face criminal charges.

Three officers from the diplomatic protection group (SO6), a unit already in the spotlight recently as a result of the Plebgate affair that led to the resignation of cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell, were arrested on 19 December, Scotland Yard confirmed. A fourth officer who was not arrested was interviewed on 8 January in connection with the investigation and placed on restricted duties.

The Metropolitan police said that the images identified by the investigation were of an extreme sexual nature but did not involve children and that a file had been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for consideration. Scotland Yard said on Saturday three officers will not face charges but the CPS had yet to make a decision on the fourth officer. Searches were carried out at the home addresses of the arrested officers, who were questioned at a central London police station. One of them has been suspended from duty while two others have been placed on restricted duties.

The force said that it had voluntarily referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, which instructed that it should be investigated the Met's own directorate of professional standards (DPS), the unit responsible for investigating complaints against the professional conduct of officers. It added in a statement: "The DPS misconduct investigation is on hold pending the CPS decision. The misconduct investigation will examine whether the conduct allegedly took place whilst the officers were on or off duty conduct."

The Diplomatic Protection Group is responsible for, among other duties, guarding embassies and missions, protecting visiting heads of state as well as providing specialist search officers for counterterrorism searches at major events and crime scenes. Seven Metropolitan police officers from the group are facing disciplinary action over the Plebgate affair, which erupted when Mitchell confronted an officer after he was refused permission to cycle through the main gate of Downing Street. The MP admitted swearing but has strenuously denied Rowland's claim that he used the word "pleb". Of the seven, four will be subject to gross misconduct hearings in March over claims that they leaked information to the media. Another former member of the diplomatic protection group was jailed on Thursday after he admitted lying about witnessing the Plebgate incident.

Constable Keith Wallis, who was sentenced to 12 months in prison when he appeared at the Old Bailey in central London, is the only police officer to have admitted wrongdoing over the saga. Wallis was off duty on the day of the incident, the court heard, but had picked up on "office gossip and rumour" about what Mitchell had said when he returned to work the next day. Scotland Yard has said previously that Wallis, who has offered to resign from the force, would face a misconduct hearing following the conclusion of the legal proceedings.

The Metropolitan police commissioner apologised in person to Mitchell on the eve of the sentencing of Wallis. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe held a 50-minute meeting with the former chief whip in his Commons office, where they agreed on the importance of "drawing a line" under the matter.

Source: Guardian UK.

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Naked photos in aircraft cited in Navy probe
3 June 2014
By JULIE WATSON

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This Oct. 23, 2010 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy, shows Capt. Greg McWherter, left, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, and Lt. Jim Tomaszeski signing autographs after performing during the NAS Jax Air Show in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, Ron Trevino, File)

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A former Blue Angels commander tolerated inappropriate sexual comments and pornographic images in the workplace - including photos of naked women in the cockpits of the precision flying team's planes, the Navy said Tuesday.

Capt. Gregory McWherter was found guilty of violating two articles under the military's code of justice during nonjudicial proceedings convened Monday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The articles were failure to obey an order or regulation and conduct unbecoming of an officer by fostering a hostile command climate and failing to stop "obvious and repeated instances of sexual harassment, condoning widespread lewd practices within the squadron and engaging in inappropriate and unprofessional discussions with his junior officers," the Navy said in a statement.

He will be given a letter of reprimand that will go in McWherter's permanent file and is widely seen as a career-ender in the service. McWherter told Navy officials he did not wish to speak to the media, said Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, a spokesman at Naval Air Forces. Under McWherter's command, pilots had explicit pornography, including photos of naked women, in aircraft cockpits, according to the investigation.

There was also a rooftop painting of male genitalia in blue and gold at the team's winter training facilities in El Centro that could be seen by Google Maps, the Navy report stated. The painting existed through the end of the 2012 airshow season. The Navy probe also found "sexually charged, raunchy, and homophobic humor" on maps and itineraries.

McWherter was relieved in April from his duty as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado in California amid the allegations during his second stint as the Blue Angels' leader from May 2011 to November 2012. The Navy said it did not find problems during his first stint as the flying team's commanding officer from 2008 to 2010. "The investigation concluded that McWherter witnessed, condoned, and encouraged behavior that, while juvenile and sophomoric in the beginning, ultimately and in the aggregate, became destructive, toxic and hostile," the Navy said in a statement. The Navy said investigators found no evidence the behavior led to sexual assault.

Harry Harris Jr., commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, ordered the investigation after a service member filed an official complaint with the Navy on March 24.

The Blue Angels' mission is to publicly represent the best of Naval Aviation, and Harris said "the actions of Capt. McWherter jeopardized that mission." "Commanding officers have an enduring obligation to maintain a proper work environment at all times and in all places and spaces, and they will be held accountable as appropriate when they fail," Harris said.

Several junior personnel who served under McWherter received formal written counseling for their behavior, but McWherter was held accountable for the actions of those in his command, the Navy said. The Blue Angels are reviewing procedures, said Vice Adm. David Buss, commander, Naval Air Force Pacific, and its new commanding officer, Thomas Frosch, started implementing measures to clean up the workplace.

McWherter also was president of the Tailhook Association for about eight months before he resigned amid the probe. The San Diego-based nonprofit aviator fraternity said it knew nothing of the allegations against McWherter. The group dealt with its own scandal in 1991 when Navy pilots at its Las Vegas convention were accused of sexually abusing female officers.

Source: AP.

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