Immodest Proposal: Sex Breaks During the Workday

Why are these women smiling?

A city councillor in the town of Overtornea, Sweden, has proposed a regulation that would give workers an hour-long break during the day in order to have sex. Per-Erik Muskos made the motion Monday, and says that the exercise is good for the workers, sex is good for the relationship, and the break would benefit peoples' overall well-being.

Muskos admitted there was no way to check whether workers would actually use the hour for its intended purpose.

"You can't guarantee that a worker doesn't go out for a walk instead," he said, adding that employers needed to trust their employees.

But Muskos said he saw no reason why the motion wouldn't pass. On top of the health benefits, he said the sex breaks would also solve the area's low birth rate.

"This means that childbirth should be encouraged," his motion states, as reported by Swedish newspaper Kuriren. "When sex is also an excellent form of exercise with documented positive effects on well-being, the municipality should kill two birds with one stone and encourage employees to use their fitness hour to go home and have sex with their partner."

While it's doubtful that such a break would make much difference in the birth rate, employees will probably love the idea. In other countries, people would be shocked that a government body is concerned with the well-being of workers. -Thanks, John Farrier!  

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The population decrease for small towns like Övertorneå is a big problem. With fewer people, it's more expensive to provide everything from social services to fresh baked bread. Last month, the maternity ward in Sollefteå was shut down, to save on costs. The nearest ward is 100km/60 miles away. Last week, one women gave birth in the car while trying to make that trip. About 10 years ago a town in Norway made some "love nests" in woodland trail to encourage couples. It's not that the fertility rate is low. To the contrary, Sweden and Norway have some of the highest rates in Europe. The problem is that the cities have more economic and social opportunities.
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