Sexual attitudes in Ireland are changing with the times. It seems the old "Catholic Guilt" may be truly on its way out in Ireland, but not without protests. The Crisis Pregnancy Agency (CPA) found that the vast majority of young Irish adults (aged 18 -25) are now sexually active. The problem is that these young people are taking risks having unprotected sex. The age of first sexual intercourse in Ireland is dropping, and people in that young group were less likely to use contraception compared to other age groups. The main reasons given for non-use were the sex was unplanned or that they had been drinking or taking drugs. Abortion rates for 20 – 24 year olds are higher than rates for any other age group.
The CPA found that nearly ¼ of survey participants felt that "if a woman carried condoms while not in a relationship, it gives the impression that she is 'looking for sex'." CPS chairperson Olive Braiden said that fear of being labeled promiscuous is leading Irish women "to risk unplanned pregnancy rather than protect themselves." Young people should be encouraged to use condoms and other forms of contraception to prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. Being sexually active need not be stigmatized. Women who enjoy sexual activity can be encouraged to explore their sexuality and to enjoy using contraception. Just because a young woman enjoys sex doesn't mean that she should be slut-shamed.
Irish attitudes about homosexuality are also becoming more liberal. An opinion poll by Lansdowne Market Research Limited found that 84% of Irish support legal recognition for same sex marriages. Paula Williams, producer of the Irish documentary "Sex and Sensibility", said that "Irish attitudes to sex have changed substantially over the years." In the '70s and '80s, there were widespread campaigns for contraception to be legalized. Ireland's first sex shoppe opened in the '80s and '90s, a little bit of a late-comer but welcome no less.
Not all attitudes about sex are as liberal as these, though. A small porn cinema that opened behind a sex shoppe called Jade Winters has been under fire and demands have been made to close it down. This sex shoppe received media coverage, but the shoppe itself seems rather small and non-threatening. A few years ago, there were protests outside an adult shoppe that had opened, but this new one did not garner such protests. This shoppe seemed focus on stag and hen nights, with a small rack of videos and magazines, along with a few novelty condoms for sale.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, Dublin's Mondo district was reputed to be the largest red light district in Europe. By the 1920s, Mondo had closed down due to the work of religious groups in the area. Organized prostitution returned to Ireland in the 1970s. While street prostitution had continued all this time, women began to work out of houses or flats in the cities or new 'mobile brothel' vans that toured the countryside. Street prostitutes had drug problems not as common with housed prostitutes. Irish society seemed accepting of discreet indoor prostitution. While advertising in newspapers was illegal, the Internet helped to give rise to organized indoor prostitution as it exists in Ireland today.
Prostitution in Ireland may be found in brothels and clubs, marketing themselves as escort services. Prostitution itself isn't an offence under Irish law. However, solicitation in a street or public place is prohibited, and this offense applies to both the prostitute and the client. While advertising brothel services in the newspaper is illegal, brothels and escort services operate on the Internet, where they find many men who are looking for women who provide sexual and companion services. The Country Report Of Ireland estimates that between one hundred and six hundred women work as prostitutes in Dublin.
According to Ruhama, an Irish organization that helps women in prostitution and sees prostitution as a crime against women, "prostitution is increasingly becoming normalized as a personal choice, and thus a private matter between consenting adults. It is clear that prostitution is increasingly being seen as legitimate sex work. Kesler (2002) argues that prostitution serves men's sexual needs and meets women's economic ones. There can also be an assumption that prostitution is inevitable and that men are somehow "naturally" inclined to use women for sex. The purchasers of sex do not generate the same attention as the women themselves. Research attention has, in the main, focused on women, with their involvement in prostitution considered problematic, while the actual seeking out, and the buying of sex, has been treated as a normal aspect of male behavior."
Prostitution has been criticized for the presence of violence against women. According to Ruhama, 93% of women in a 1993 sample experienced some form of sexual assault. Rape and coerced sexual activity were also serious problems for the women. Another negative for women who work as prostitutes is that they need access to a place to go to and "just be", a place where "they don't need to explain, to lie, to hide, and where they will be seen and accepted as the whole person and not just 'the prostitute'."
Not all Irish hold such a dim view of escort services and prostitution. One escort service available in Ireland is EscortIreland.ie, the first Irish escort advertising site to secure a dot ie domain. This site has message boards and chat rooms. EscortIreland.ie offers a wide selection of women to choose from. This site has Irish and European escorts that speak a wide variety of languages, as well as touring escorts in Ireland and Irish independent escorts. You may choose the type of woman that appeals to you at EscortIreland.ie. Another Irish escort service is Cork Dreamgirls. You may choose busty escorts, or Asian, East European, transvestite, transsexual, blondes, or brunettes, to name a few types that are available. Other types available include gay, bi, male, fetish/BDSM, couples/duos, agency girls, and independent.
Adult businesses in Ireland are not limited to escort agencies. Sex toys shoppes are not commonplace in Ireland, but a few good ones do exist. One is AdultStore.ie, which specializes in sex toys and adult DVDs. This store has a wide selection of products to please any man or woman. It carries clit teasers, fingertip massagers, eggs and rings, and even nipple clamps. Choose a popular hands-free butterfly clit vibrator for yourself or as a gift for someone you love.
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Irish attitudes about sex and prostitution may seem less liberal than other countries, but those attitudes are changing. Adult stores in Ireland may offer fewer products than other countries, but these stores are opening and remaining open. Escort services are becoming more popular, especially in Dublin. While some Irish are accepting of these escort services, there are also protests against them. As Irish attitudes about sex change, there will be more adult shoppes and escort services available to suit the people who wish to use them.