Women are able to say no more freely. No, I’m not talking about a Lysistrata-type protest or even a decrease in sexual assault, which actually remains at epidemic levels . Instead, it’s that American women’s cultural and political power has grown exponentially over the last 30 years, and it’s likely that people are having less sex for the same reason they’re delaying marriage and children: It’s what women want.
All that said, I’m not sure that the current sexual “decline” — which is actually quite slight — is something to worry about. In fact, a lot of the concern seems to be part of a broader backlash against women’s rising autonomy.
The truth is that Americans having slightly less sex is nothing to worry about. People are still having fun, living their lives, finding partners, and having babies — when they want to. I’ll take more freedom over more sex any day.