Brits are happy to discuss sex with colleagues or parents as they ditch prudish image, study finds 0 299

BRITS are ditching their “prudish and stuffy” mentality and are happier to discuss sexual wellness with their work colleagues – and even their parents.

Research of 2,000 adults found more than a quarter enjoy talking freely about intimate things and think the days of keeping them a secret are over.

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More than half also believe it’s important to openly discuss sex, with 41 per cent becoming more open to talking about the topic in the last decade.

And six in 10 reckon more discussion on sexual wellness can only be a good thing.

It also emerged more than half of adults feel that more open conversation about sex could give people the confidence to tackle sexual wellness issues, reduce taboos around sexually transmitted infections and help improve safer sexual practice.

The study was commissioned by industry body Love Fresh Berries to mark the launch of ‘Luberry’ – a free limited-edition lubricant that raises awareness of the connection between blueberries and sexual wellness.

It also found men are almost three times more likely to have tried certain foods to improve their sexual wellness than women.

Yet, the overall proportion of adults trying foods to improve it remains low at just 12 per cent, with only one in six aware that blueberries can have a positive effect. 

Nutritionist Dr Emma Derbyshire, advisor to Love Fresh Berries, said: “Blueberries are a convenient, refreshing snack that are easy for couples to nibble on throughout the day –  and there is some evidence that they could aid dopamine release in the brain, which may boost libido.

“What’s more, blueberries contain resveratrol – a naturally occurring antioxidant that could have potential therapeutic effects for men with unexplained fertility, with ongoing research needed.”

The survey also found a quarter of adults talk about sexual wellness at least once a week, with men (32 per cent) almost twice as likely to discuss the topic than women (18 per cent) within this period.

But 43 per cent of Brits are happy to explore the topic with friends – and one in six will even speak about it with colleagues.

Another 55 per cent feel liberated by being able to talk freely about what goes on in the bedroom, with the same number believing it’s important to discuss it openly.

Of those, 44 per cent believe talking freely about the topic will create a more open and positive society, with 49 per cent of women feeling this way compared to 37 per cent of men.

However, it’s not until you reach the age of 33 that you become confident talking all things sex, according to the OnePoll data.

Behavioural Psychologist Jo Hemmings, who is supporting the Love Fresh Berries campaign by industry body British Summer Fruits, said: “It’s encouraging to see research that shines a light on Brits’ shifting attitudes toward these topics – and the creation of ‘Luberry’ is a fun way to get Brits thinking about the relationship between food and their sexual wellness.

“Further research is needed, but blueberries contain antioxidants which may help to reduce oxidative stress – thought to be a risk factor for male infertility.

“While their high concentration of flavonoids may benefit anxiety and quality of life for mothers in the postnatal period as well as helping reduce the risk of erectile disfunction in men.

“By normalising the discussion around sex we can help lift the taboo on important sexual wellness issues that many suffer with in silence when they shouldn’t have to.”

Chief Executive of The British Urology Foundation, Rebecca Porta, added: “It is really encouraging to see a study into sexual wellness and findings that show a general openness towards discussing such an important topic.

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“So many factors can impact sexual wellness, from physical and mental health to emotional issues.

“Good communication, setting aside time to spend with your partner, adopting a healthy lifestyle and making a few changes can all help.

“Remember to talk to your GP if you have concerns or worries about your sexual health”.

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Porn and Mental Health: The Challenges and Strategies for Coping in the Industry 0 177

Pornography is a billion-dollar industry that has gained widespread popularity across the globe. However, while it may be a source of entertainment for some, the industry can be challenging for performers’ mental health. The pressure to perform and meet the expectations of producers and viewers can take a toll on performers’ mental wellbeing. In this article, we’ll explore the challenges that the porn industry poses to mental health and strategies for coping with them.

The Challenges

  1. Stigma and Shame

The porn industry is still stigmatized, and performers can face a lot of shame and judgment from society. This can lead to a lot of stress and anxiety, making it difficult for performers to seek help and support when needed.

  1. Pressure to Perform

Performers in the porn industry are expected to meet certain expectations and perform at their best every time. This pressure can be overwhelming and can lead to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.

  1. Isolation and Loneliness

Performing in the porn industry can be a lonely experience, with performers spending long hours on set or on their own, away from friends and family. This can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, which can take a toll on mental health.

  1. Trauma and Abuse

The porn industry is not immune to issues such as sexual harassment, assault, and exploitation. Performers may experience these traumatic events, leading to conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.

Strategies for Coping

Seek Professional Help

Performers in the porn industry should seek professional help and support when they need it. There are many therapists and counselors who specialize in working with performers in the industry and can help with issues such as anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Practice Self-Care

Self-care is crucial for performers in the porn industry. Taking breaks when needed, exercising, and practicing mindfulness and meditation can help performers manage stress and promote mental wellbeing.

Surround Yourself with Supportive People

Having a supportive network of friends, family, and colleagues can make a big difference in performers’ mental health. Surrounding yourself with people who understand the challenges of the industry and offer non-judgmental support can help performers cope with the stresses of the job.

Address Trauma and Abuse

Performers who have experienced trauma and abuse in the industry should seek support and address these issues head-on. This may involve therapy, reporting incidents to the authorities, and taking legal action if necessary.


The porn industry poses significant challenges to performers’ mental health, from stigma and shame to pressure to perform and trauma and abuse. However, with the right strategies, performers can cope with these challenges and maintain good mental wellbeing. Seeking professional help, practicing self-care, surrounding yourself with supportive people, and addressing trauma and abuse are just a few strategies that can help performers in the porn industry maintain good mental health.

Navigating Consent and Boundaries in the Porn Industry: A Guide for Newcomers 0 165

Consent and boundaries are crucial aspects of the porn industry, and it’s essential for newcomers to understand how to navigate these issues. In this article, we’ll provide a guide for those who are new to the industry on how to approach consent and boundaries in a professional and respectful manner.

First and foremost, it’s important to understand that consent is always required in the porn industry. This means that every actor must give explicit and enthusiastic consent to any sexual act that is portrayed on camera. Consent can be given verbally or non-verbally, but it must always be clear and enthusiastic.

In order to ensure that consent is obtained, communication is key. Actors should have open and honest conversations with their scene partners and the director prior to filming. They should discuss what they are comfortable with and what their boundaries are, as well as any specific instructions or concerns.

It’s also important for actors to feel empowered to set their own boundaries and to speak up if they feel uncomfortable or unsafe during filming. This means that if an actor does not want to perform a particular act or if they feel that their boundaries are being pushed, they have the right to stop the scene and speak to the director about their concerns.

It’s also essential for actors to be aware of their own physical and emotional limits. This means that they should take breaks as needed, communicate with their scene partner and director about any discomfort or pain, and engage in self-care practices to ensure that they are physically and emotionally prepared for the demands of the job.

Finally, it’s important for actors to have a support system in place. This can include talking to other actors who have experience in the industry, seeking out counseling or therapy, and having trusted friends and family members who can provide emotional support.

Navigating consent and boundaries in the porn industry can be challenging, but it’s an essential part of maintaining a safe and respectful work environment. By following these guidelines, newcomers to the industry can ensure that they are approaching these issues in a professional and responsible manner.

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