Forget the Michelle Obama dress frenzy. There's been one most-unexpected consequence of Barack Obama's election – the American population is enjoying a surge of 'hope sex'. From New York to Nevada, Americans buoyed by Obama's message of change are hooking up, just as they did with 'terror sex' after 9/11. But how is the new mood of 2009 affecting our sex lives in Britain? Traditionally, when the going gets tough a lot more starts going on in the bedroom. After all, sex is a fun, mood-boosting activity that happens to be free. (Unless you think about that Agent Provocateur receipt.) And to save pennies many of us are trading nights on the town for nights on the sofa, spending more time with significant others. Or not-so-significant others. Plus there's a growing sense that defining ourselves by our career is unwise when we could be given the redundancy chat tomorrow. Which makes our social life and relationships a greater priority.
On the flipside, stress is a well-known libido-killer. And romance might just be one of the first casualties of the recession: after all, wining and dining, flowers and dirty weekends don't really take precedence over the mortgage.
So you tell us: has the recession ruined your sex life? Or given it a much-needed boost? Take the Grazia sex survey here and look out for the results coming soon.