We’ve all heard of paid-time off, and some companies even offer a paid lunch break, but the latest idea from Sweden is sure to become a controversial one. They’re proposing to have a hour long break each week to have sex….
Per the New York Times,
A local official in Sweden has a novel proposal to improve work-life balance and lift the local birthrate: give municipal employees an hourlong paid break each week to go home and have sex.
Sweden is already celebrated for its generous welfare state, including 480 days of paid parental leave, universal health care and a common ritual of coffee and pastry, known as fika, which is considered sacrosanct.
Per-Erik Muskos, a 42-year-old councilman from the northern town of Overtornea, wants to add to those benefits, by offering the municipality’s 550 employees the right to subsidized sex. In introducing his proposal this week, he told fellow members of the town council that it would give a nudge to the dwindling local population, add spice to aging marriages and improve employee morale.
Noting that “sex is also a great form of exercise and has documented positive effects on well-being,” Mr. Muskos suggested that local municipal employees could use an hour of the workweek already allotted for fitness activities to go home and have sex with their spouses or partners instead. The motion, which is expected to be voted on in the spring, needs a simple majority to be passed by the 31-member council. As of now, opinion on the council is divided.
Again, this is just a proposal and nothing has been confirmed at this time, but it’s definitely an interesting one on many levels. For instance, are high-schoolers working part-time jobs after school suppose to partake in this “sex hour” each week?
Feel free to weigh in on this one, if you’re either for or against an hour long paid sex break each week.