The majority of men – and nearly a fifth of women, too – think about making love to new acquaintances
Presenter John Snow created a stir recently with his comments on sex in a recent interview for the Evening Standard. Speaking about how sex comes into play when first meeting a woman, the veteran Channel 4 host said, “Sex comes into every evaluation of a woman, there’s no doubt about it.” He continued: “It’s there. Once you’ve established a friendship or a working relationship with a woman, it’s parked. But it’s an interesting barrier. When you’ve gone through it and arrived at the other side, it’s never a problem again. Well I’m not saying it is a problem at all, it’s rather a delicious thing really, ‘what might have been?’ or ‘what could be’.”
The Daily Mail warned the revelations might “shock” Mr. Snow’s viewers. Others mocked or denounced the comments on Twitter. But a new YouGov poll conducted for the Sunday Times suggests many people in Britain have had similar experiences.
More than half (56%) of all British men and 18% of British women think about what it would be like to make love to people they meet at least some of the time. Overall, 36% of British adults have had the thoughts.
In the Evening Standard interview the “disarmingly open” Mr. Snow, 66, also discussed his mental age (23), a teenage affair with an older librarian, and his relationship with new wife, 39-year old Zimbabwean neuroscientist Precious Lunga.