RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Social isolation has led to drought for many people. Among couples, many had sexual problems due to life in captivity. Since the children were at home, the bed became cold. Singles that followed the protocols of social distancing lived forced celibacy.
Last year, international research showed that in the United States, Asia, Australia, and the United Kingdom, nearly 60% of adults reduced the number of their partners and the frequency of their sexual contacts because of the lockdown. In Brazil, it was no different.
On the other hand, some couples took the opportunity to spice up their relationship, and singles let their imaginations run wild, resorting to sexting, virtual sex, and sex toys.
But now that distancing rules are being relaxed in the Northern Hemisphere, experts predict a “sexual explosion.” That’s because most of the population there is already vaccinated. And the return of physical courtship has led to an increase in sales of contraceptives, lubricants, condoms, and sex toys.
Historically, after a period of deprivation, people tend to make up for lost time. And the projections this time are for a sexual super party.
Europeans and North Americans who have been properly vaccinated are already experiencing a hot summer. And we don’t mean the high temperatures of the thermometer, which sometimes reach 40 degrees.
This is because the so-called summer of love is an explosion of encounters. Since last year, experts have been talking about a post-pandemic period in the style of the “Roaring 20s,” the decade after World War I and the Spanish flu that was marked by great advances in social and sexual freedom.
NEW NORMALITY: THE SEX EXPLOSION IS COMING
But what about Brazil? What awaits us in the post-vaccination era? According to gynecologist Tatielle Teixeira Lemos, who specializes in sexology, a “sex explosion” is to be expected here and is physiological and natural.
After more than a year of singles going without physical contact, the next season has all the conditions to be marked by liberation and suppressed desire: “The vaccination and the possibility of meeting reactivate the search for sexual encounters. This increase mainly affects singles who return to a more active sexual life,” she explains.
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The specialist recalls that Brazil is considered a sexually active country: “People are closer; they like to hug and kiss each other,” she says.
And the euphoria of encounters will not be reserved only for big parties: “Once the population is vaccinated and has better control of the pandemic, the trend is really the sexual explosion. We already see bars and parties gradually coming back on line, bringing together the single and sexually active public,” she explains.
The head of the Brazilian social network Sexlog, Mayumi Sato, expects many meetings and parties: “People will finally realize fantasies they have wanted to have for more than a year.
At platforms like Sexlog, we have seen the growing demand for connecting people with common desires and interests. Now factors like proximity and availability are critical again.
If in the most critical phase of the pandemic we were an outlet and entertainment, now we have returned to our original goal: a place where encounters are planned,” she concludes.