Sex is a solution to so many of life’s problems — just a bit of bumping uglies can boost self esteem, strengthen relationships, and offer some solid cardio.
But never before has a quickie been considered a quick fix for a long work week.
At least until one altruistic lawmaker in Sweden proposed paid sex breaks. The local official aims to apply the benefits of boning to boost employee morale and offer better work-life balance. In the councilman’s motion, he suggests employees should have an hour-long break in the middle of each week to go home and have sex with whoever the hell it is they have sex with.
Per-Erik Muskos, a 42-year-old legislator from the Swedish town of Overtornea, wants to allow subsidized sex not only for the short-term business benefits, but also for the city’s lasting stability. He argues that the act would add spice to aging marriages, lift the local birth rate, and encourage newcomers to a town where the population has been slumping.
The motion, which will be voted on later this spring, needs a simple majority to be passed by the 31-member council. But as of now, opinion on the council is divided.
Some councilmembers reasonably question how the mandate could be enforced. How would they ensure that people are using their hour for sex and not for naps or Netflix? And what about the sad saps with no one to bone — would they be allotted an hour to masturbate?
One such voice of opposition is Lotta Dellve, a sociology professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dellve notes that while her research shows that short bursts of physical activity during the workday can be beneficial to both health and productivity, mandated intimacy is not an appealing prospect.
“It is wonderful to see your spouse during the workday, but you don’t necessarily want to have sex,” Dellve said, as spiders weaved webs in her vagina.
Even still, proponents across the country applaud the health opportunities of the initiative. They also see it as an essential effort to boosting the diminishing birth rate.
Malin Hansson, a Swedish sexologist and specialist in reproductive health, commended the measure, acclaiming that sex reduced stress, improved sleep, and strengthened immunity, all while enriching intimacy between couples.
“If it was up to me, I would introduce this across the country,” Hansson told the New York Times.
Swedish workers already receive some of the best benefits in the world, including 480 days of paid parental leave, 25 days paid vacation per year, and high-quality universal health care. It’s therefore befitting that such a progressive country could suggest a compensated sex siesta.
We have our fingers crossed for the proposal’s success. After all, we could all use a hump to make it through Hump Day.