In times of social distancing because of lockdown measures due to COVID-19 crisis, our sexual habits are changing. Even if your situation is being single, having a partner living together, or in separate houses COVID-19 has also changed our sexual lives.
Paula Koller, President of Global Transformation Club and student of IE School of Global and Public Affairs; has collaborated with us to talk about this issue.
We dived with her into the deepness of this topic and how this crisis affects in a different way women than men,“especially having at times severely negative consequences on women and their bodies.”
Nowadays the Irish government or the New York City Health department are recommending Video dates, sexting or chat rooms to develop sexual activity if you are not living with your couple, if you are starting to meet someone or if you are single. These may be good solutions to prevent COVID-19 infections but might be a double-edged sword situation.
Paula showed us with the help of Amy Adele Hasinoff the major importance of consent in sharing digital content and how sexting can be more dangerous for women, who can be easily exposed or be threatened by sharing intimate content without their consent because we are more used to see female body as a sexual object than male.
Paula’s purple glasses showed us too how sex is also gendered in this COVID-19 crisis in Sex worker’s lives. Most of prostitutes are mothers who are struggling to take care of the basic needs of their families because of the lockdown measures, some of them are having to break this isolation situation and to take bigger risks by meeting clients that in a normal situation they wouldn’t attend, exposing themselves to coronavirus and also to violence.
Even in The Netherlands, where prostitution is regulated since 2000, many sex workers are excluded from the billions of dollars of government support offered to overcome economic hardship due to coronavirus lockdown measures. The reasons for their exclusion varies, from not being registered at the chamber of commerce, to working in private clubs that fall under different labor laws.(i)
These situations occurs all over the world, in Thailand most Thai sex workers are not eligible for the social protection measures included in the government’s stimulus package while non-Thai sex workers don’t have access to any support.(ii)
The United Nations stated in April that sex workers all over the world are reporting a lack of access to coronavirus emergency social protection schemes, and urged countries to not leave sex workers behind in their response to the virus.
That’s why the Spanish Ministry of Equality has ensured Victims of sexual exploitation and prostitution may benefit from the minimum vital income that the Government plans to approve due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This plan contemplates that victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation, as well as women in the context of prostitution, may be beneficiaries of aid related to housing from the aid program for victims of gender violence, as well as public administrations and entities non-profit, whose purpose is to provide a housing solution to these victims.
As we can see, sex is also gendered and it affects in a different way women than men. I wish this article helped you to realize this fact.
We will continue these DEI project webminar series using our Purple Glasses with Carmen Morales, IE Professor and Almagesto Managing Partner talking about “Inclusive Language: Gender Neutral Language and Culturally Inclusive Language”, we encourage you to join us on the 26th of May at 18:00. This will be a unique and useful opportunity to learn more about the power of language, and how to use it really well. Click here to join.