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76% of French people wash daily, much more than Italians (53%)
HYGIENE – Make love often rhymes with cleanliness. According to an Ifop study on hygiene of Europeans unveiled this Tuesday, August 30 by Xlovecam, the daily practice of shower among the French reaches its lowest rates among virgins (49%) or among those who have had no sexual intercourse in the last four weeks (48%). While the average for our country is 76%.
This study, also carried out in Italy, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom, also shows that in France, the absence of daily change of briefs — yuck — is more common in sexually inactive men (30%) than in those who have sex more than three times a week (21%).
Clearly, hygiene is strongly correlated with sexual activity: “Being confronted with the gaze of others and a recurrence of physical and social contact will encourage you to take much more care of your body and clothing hygiene. Especially because of the injunction to cleanliness vis-à-vis his partner. But the reverse logic is not wrong: the fact of smelling less good will not promote seduction and sexual intercourse.explains to HuffPost the director of Ifop’s political/news department, François Kraus.
According to him, there is also a slight gender gap in terms of sexual hygiene: “ The idea according to which one must have ‘irreproachable’ intimate hygiene to indulge ‘serenely’ in a sexual relationship appears as an injunction which weighs more on the fairer sex but which is not specific to them. » Women are indeed more likely than men to go to the toilet after sex (59% against 41%). Similarly, 38% of French women systematically require their partner to wash their genitals before oral sex (compared to 31% of men). The other data observed, such as washing before or after coitus, do not show significant differences.
The French not necessarily the dirtiest in Europe
This study also makes it possible to know if the French have broken the cliché according to which they are dirty. In part, yes. In Europe, the bad students are the Italians. They are 53% to wash their body and face daily against 76% in France, still behind Spain (82%) and Germany (77%) but ahead of the United Kingdom (68%). In Italy, partial toileting seems more widespread according to the study.
It is in terms of sartorial hygiene that the shoe pinches. French men are the least likely to change their underwear daily (73%) out of the five countries studied, even if they are not so far from the average (76%).
This is due to “number of seniors who continue to have hygienic practices similar to those they experienced at a time – their childhood – when the pace of clothing change was less sustained than today”, according to François Kraus. On the other hand, 93% of French women change panties daily.
This cliché of “dirty French” was born in Europe in the 17th century and disseminated during the post-war period throughout the world by American cultural productions. However, if we are to believe an old Ifop poll from 1951, the myth was indeed a reality: only 52% of French women washed their body and face daily compared to 80% today.
Containment has changed certain practices
The hygienic setback observed during the confinements is now filled. The proportion of French men washing daily had fallen to 61% in April 2020. But it has now surpassed the pre-lockdown 71%. Ditto for women since this proportion has returned to 80% whereas it had fallen slightly to 74%.
On the other hand, the practice of no bra – not wearing bras – has become more democratic. The proportion of young French women (18-24 years old) who never wear one stands at 13% compared to 4% before confinement. A much more widespread practice among young people since only 6% of French women of all ages never wear bras today.
France contrasts with the other European countries analyzed since the average among young women is 4%. “ The trend is driven by two dynamics already present in lingerie before the Covid”according to François Kraus: “ A neofeminism promoting the liberation of the female body and a body positivism encouraging a premium on comfort are two of the very significant movements in these younger generations. »
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