One of the key findings in the recently released 2011 WomenTALK Survey revealed ʺWomen are happy in their relationships but many are not happy with their sex lives.ʺ
More than 76 percent of women are very happy in their committed relationships. However, only 43 percent said their sex life was of extreme importance to their relationship. Also, 27 percent think sex is not important or somewhat important to their relationship.
The WomenTALK survey also stated more than 41 percent of women are not engaging in sexual activity as often as they would like. The survey reveals the most common reasons for not engaging in sex include:
• 32 percent are too tired
• 31 percent do not have a partner
• 23 percent are too stressed
• 22 percent are insecure about their body
• 20 percent lack desire
The HealthyWomen’s 2011 WomenTALK survey delivered some valuable insight into women’s feelings about sex, their sexual relationships and sexual health.
Some additional findings from the WomenTALK survey revealed:
• Body image impacts a women’s sex life
• Women express conflicting views regarding their sex lives
• Sexual health is important to women’s overall health
Sex and body image seems to impact one-fifth to one-fourth of those who participated in the survey.
While 41percent of women are comfortable with their body image, the exact same percentage (41 percent) are unhappy with their body image.
A Glamour magazine survey, which mirrors the WomenTALK survey, claimed more than 40 percent of women were also unhappy with their bodies. Over the years, this percentage has not changed dramatically.
The image of television, movies and even dolls may be making many women self-conscious. We are a culture obsessed with weight. For example, we spend more than 40 billion dollars a year on how to achieve the perfect body but we don’t spend that amount of money accepting our body types.
Supermodel and founder of EmmeNation, Emme recently gave an interview with the Today Show which discussed our weight obsessed culture. In regards to women accepting their body types, Emme stated, ʺthere are many flowers out there, you can’t just look at a tulip.ʺ