As time goes on, sexual norms change—for better and for worse, but lately it seems to be for better. By growing up with access to information about sex and progressive ideas via the internet, Generation Zers—people born between the mid-to-late 1990s and the early 2010s—in particular have a lot to teach older generations about how to enjoy great sex.
Perhaps most important, Gen Zers seem to possess a superior understanding of affirmative consent, which emphasizes the need for a clear verbal "yes" before engaging in sexual activity with someone. Sixty-six percent of Gen Zers said they frequently ask sexual partners for consent, compared with 52 percent of millennials in their 30s, according to a 2020 survey conducted by the sexual health brand SKYN by Lifestyles.
"So many boomers have had sexual experiences they weren't enthusiastic about or didn't want at all—or they've initiated that kind of sex," said Carol Queen, Ph.D., a staff sexologist for sexual health and wellness brand Good Vibrations and a baby boomer who