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76% of the French wash daily, more than Italians (53%)
HYGIENE – Making love always involves cleanliness. According to an Ifop study on the hygiene of Europeans that opened on Tuesday, August 30 on Xlovecam, the daily practice of bathing in the French reached the lowest rate among virgins (49%) or of those who have not had sex in the last four. week (48%). While the average in our country is 76%.
This study, which was also carried out in Italy, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom, also shows that in France, the absence of a daily change of underwear – yuck – is more frequent among those who are not sexually active. men (30%) than those who have more than three. reports weekly (21%).
Clearly, hygiene is closely related to sexual activity: “The face of looking at others and the return of physical and social contact will encourage you to take care of your body and clean clothes. Especially because of the commandment of cleanliness vis-à-vis his partner. But the reverse logic is not wrong: the fact that one does not smell very good does not improve seduction and intercourse.explains the HuffPost the director of Ifop’s political/news department, François Kraus.
According to him, there is also a small gender gap in terms of sexual hygiene: “ The idea according to which one must have ‘unimpeachable’ intimate hygiene to indulge in ‘peaceful’ sexual relations can be seen as a command that weighs heavily on the fair sex but is not specific to them. » Women are actually more likely than men to go to the bathroom after sex (59% vs. 41%). Similarly, 38% of French women systematically require their partner to wash their genitals before oral sex (compared to 31% of men). Other data observed, such as washing before or after intercourse, did not show significant differences.
The French are not necessarily the dirtiest in Europe
This study also makes it possible to find out if the French break the cliché according to which they are dirty. In part, yes. In Europe, the worst students are Italians. 53% of them 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 to be more common according to the study.
It’s in terms of sartorial hygiene that the shoe pinches. French men are the least likely to change their underwear every day (73%) of the five countries studied, although they are not far from the average (76%).
This is due to “a number of older people continue to practice hygiene similar to what they experienced at a time – in their childhood – when the pace of clothing change was less sustainable than today”, according to François Kraus. On the other hand, 93% of French women change panties every day.
This cliché of the “dirty French” was born in Europe in the 17th century and spread in the post-war period around the world through the products of American culture. However, if we believe an old Ifop poll from 1951, the myth is actually true: only 52% of French women wash their body and face every day compared to 80% today.
Prevention changes some habits
The hygienic setback observed during the detentions has now been filled. The proportion of French men who wash daily fell to 61% in April 2020. But it has now surpassed the pre-lockdown of 71%. Ditto for women as this proportion returned to 80% while it fell slightly to 74%.
On the other hand, the no-bra habit – not wearing a bra – has become more democratic. The proportion of young French women (18-24 years) who do not wear one is at 13% compared to 4% before the confinement. A particularly widespread practice among young people as only 6% of French women of all ages do not wear a bra today.
France differs from the other European countries analyzed because the average among young women is 4%. “ The trend is driven by two dynamics that were already present in lingerie before Covid”according to François Kraus: “ A neofeminism that emphasizes the liberation of the female body and a body positivism that encourages a premium on comfort are two of the most important movements of this young generation. »
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