Sunday musings: Pandemic sex, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Vaccination discount

pandemic sexToday we study pandemic sex. Sexual activity dropped during the pre-pandemic years. Now the COVID-19 drought keeps dropping even lower. As the Superbowl looms this evening we examine the origins of the name for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Plus, we read about efforts to create a vaccination discount for Airbnb.

Pre-pandemic sex has reached a record low. Pandemic sex is lower now.

More and more Americans are not having pandemic sex. Senior citizens have lower rates of sex. However, one of the biggest surprises during the pre-pandemic — lack of sex by those in the youngest groups. This data was collected through 2018, The 2020 pandemic sex certainly dropped to even lower levels of sexual activity.

Experts who study Americans’ bedroom habits say a number of factors drive the Great American Sex Drought. Age is one of them: The 60-and-older demographic climbed from 18 percent of the population in 1996 to 26 percent in 2018, according to the survey. The share reporting no sex has consistently hovered around 50 percent, and because that age group is growing relative to everyone else, it has the net effect of reducing the overall population’s likelihood of having sex.

But changes at the other end of the age spectrum may be playing an even bigger role. The portion of Americans 18 to 29 reporting no sex in the past year more than doubled between 2008 and 2018, to 23 percent.

Anecdotally, I believe that pandemic sex dropped even lower than before COVID-19. The old days of free love, when I was in college and beginning work, have gone. We see a shift in sexual activity today, influenced by pre-pandemic behaviors.

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The true history and swashbuckling myth behind the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ namesake

At the end of January every year, pirates invade Tampa Bay in Florida. A fully-rigged sailing ship sails into the bay and swashbuckling buccaneers demand the keys to the city. But this year, the festivities were canceled. However, the citizens of the region celebrate for another reason this weekend. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers play against the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2021 Superbowl.

For centuries, pirates posed a real threat along Florida’s coasts. Scattered records indicate that Diego “El Mulato” Martin, a pirate of African-Spanish descent who hailed from Cuba, may have plundered Caribbean islands and the Gulf Coast in the 1600s, and English buccaneer Robert Seales launched a famous raid on St. Augustine, a settlement on Florida’s Atlantic coast, in 1668.

As the English crown found itself overtaxed with maintaining control of its many colonies, privateers would patrol the seas on behalf of the colonial state in exchange for money. Even the term “buccaneer” is a vestige of colonialism: the term comes from the Arawak word boucan, a wooden framework that Indigenous Caribbean populations like the Taínos and Caribs would use to suspend and smoke meats over an open fire and dry them.

Gomez’s [who lived about 200 miles southeast of Tampa near Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands region around the early 1900s] story was repeated around the region, taking on familiar dimensions while the details varied depending on who was telling it: José Gaspar was born into a Spanish aristocratic family and sailed to the Caribbean with hopes of making it in his country’s navy. When those dreams dissolved, he turned to piracy, mercilessly plundering merchant ships around the coast of Florida on his ship named Gasparilla. READ MORE.

Airbnb vaccination discounts drive anti-Vaxxers mad

Irritated by hotel resort fees?The debate about vaccination discounts started on an Airbnb host blog. A member asked about how they could offer a 50 percent vaccination discount. The vaccination discount question generated thousands of comments. Some people loved it as a way to incentivize people. Others claimed it violated the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) rules.

I am amazed at the questions raised by anti-vaxxers whenever people or government organizations acknowledge the benefits of vaccinations. Personally, I am happy whenever anyone gets an inoculation against COVID-19.

“It is not a violation of HIPAA,” Lawrence Gostin, a Georgetown University professor specializing in public health law, told The Daily Beast. “It is certainly lawful to ask if a person has been vaccinated. Businesses can require vaccination as a condition of service. Not only is it lawful to ask, it is ethical. No one has the right to place another person at risk.”

…when one host astutely pointed this out, replying, “This is not discrimination. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people can still reserve an Airbnb. It’s just a discount, the same you would offer to a veteran,” they were met with instantaneous backlash. “How dare you compare veterans to people who think that they’re smart having been vaccinated,” another host replied.

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