9 People Reveal How Donald Trump's Presidency Has Affected Their Sex Lives
Many of us would probably prefer to keep politics out of our bedrooms. But unfortunately, we haven't all had that option lately. A case in point: I asked people how the political climate has affected their sex lives, and their answers were pretty depressing. Donald Trump has caused many people stress, arguments, and even breakups.
There's plenty of data to support the idea that politics have been affecting our sex lives lately. A survey by the fertility app Kindara found that almost one in five female Democrats and one in 10 female Republicans were having less fun in bed because of the election. And politics are also affecting who we might go to bed with. Almost half of Millennials in a survey by the polling app Wishbone said they wouldn't date someone due to their politics.
"Women are scared right now, and for good reason," Dr. Laura Berman, sex therapist and author of new self-help book Quantum Love, tells Bustle. "They might choose to exorcise that fear by trying to "reclaim" power in the bedroom, by experimenting sexually or trying sexual acts they might not have considered before. As a kind of "eff you" to the conservatives in power. Or perhaps they will shut down and grow cold towards strangers, especially strange men. I've had women tell me that they looked suspiciously around their community after the election, thinking 'Did you vote for him?' All of this is going to have impact on how we relate to people, both inside and outside the bedroom."
But while Trump's presidency has been an annoyance for some, it's been downright traumatic for others. Some sexual assault survivors were understandably triggered by the Access Hollywood video in which Trump says that if you're famous, you can "grab [women] by the pussy." Others are concerned about getting pregnant due to the administration's setbacks for reproductive rights.
"Donald trump is ruining my sex life"— beth (@elizabethhoneil) November 9, 2016
More specifically, here are some way Trump's presidency has affected our sex lives.
"I have had countless conversations over romantic dinners with my partner about the country's state of affairs. The sex is great, too: I'm a Democrat who has been banging my Republican partner for years. We are both feminists. ... You never know who you might take a chance on."
So, in case you couldn't tell, a lot of Americans' sex lives are being affected negatively right now. But hey, I was glad to see at least a couple notable exceptions.