The Joys of Sex During the (Economic) Slowdown

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In grimy yet gorgeous Naples, Italy, unemployment among young people is over 50 percent, stunting the development of a generation. This is about men and women younger than 40 who have been forced to go on living with their parents, or even their grandparents.

Of course, privacy is an issue, and for the first time since the advent of birth control and rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s, sons and daughters are having sex in their cars. Only there is a crucial difference: Back then a newly empowered teen culture discovering sexuality en masse dovetailed with the beginnings of a great commercial car market. Now it’s a matter of socioeconomics and a profound lack of opportunity (and privacy). Also, the kids aren’t so young anymore.

In some ways, Naples is a microcosm for many places around the world where opportunity is sharply limited and young people have lots of free time for sexy time. In this video, our resident master of Italian cultural anthropology, Gianclaudio Angelini, explores how the financial crisis has transformed the sexual landscape. One thing that’s constant: It’s still fun to fuck in the old Fiat 500.

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In grimy yet gorgeous Naples, Italy, unemployment among young people is over 50 percent, stunting the development of a generation. This is about men and women younger than 40 who have been forced to go on living with their parents, or even their grandparents.

Of course, privacy is an issue, and for the first time since the advent of birth control and rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s, sons and daughters are having sex in their cars. Only there is a crucial difference: Back then a newly empowered teen culture discovering sexuality en masse dovetailed with the beginnings of a great commercial car market. Now it’s a matter of socioeconomics and a profound lack of opportunity (and privacy). Also, the kids aren’t so young anymore.

In some ways, Naples is a microcosm for many places around the world where opportunity is sharply limited and young people have lots of free time for sexy time. In this video, our resident master of Italian cultural anthropology, Gianclaudio Angelini, explores how the financial crisis has transformed the sexual landscape. One thing that’s constant: It’s still fun to fuck in the old Fiat 500.

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  • I´ve done a lot of screwing in cars in california. My preferred was a old station wagon, while in a drive in theater!! I miss that a lot.

  • I find the story smart and indicative of the Southern Italian approach of life. It was handled with a nice balance between irony and facts. Although picturesque, this is a real picture of Naples’ life and I’m happy to discover an unusual piece of Italian journalism.

  • Mayor…money maker or free public service?

  • Shedding clothes might be what Fiat needs to shed its breakdown-prone image. How bout “Fuck It Again, Tony”

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