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A new op-ed by Frank Furedi, a sociology professor and author, explores the link between men "shunning” sex, the MeToo movement and the "feminization" of young men.

Furedi notes that "Celibacy has become the new normal," as studies show the number of sexually inactive males is increasing.

A survey published by the American Medical Association (AMA) finds that sexual inactivity is increasing among men aged 18 to 24.

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1 in 3 young men reported no sexual activity during the past year.

One expert theorized that young men are having less sex because they are taking longer to grow up. Young men are preoccupied, perhaps with video gaming, social media or other young men.

Others say the decline of sexual activity is due to the economic insecurity many young people face.

They blame the "feminization" of young men in cultural and social life. The MeToo movement, for example, encourages a "defensive and anxious approach towards dealing with women."

The MeToo movement serves as a constant reminder of the inferiority of identity. This sentiment is most strikingly expressed through the negative qualities associated with the term ‘white man’. In these circumstances, it is not surprising that many men become hesitant and defensive in their relations with women. Defensiveness can lead to adopting the strategy of avoiding disappointment through disengagement from sexual interaction. Source