Eghad! Imagine my shock and horror when I saw the headline in the UK Metro which screamed: “Your sex life can be ruined by your little brother! Any girl knows that having a little brother can be annoying, but worse than that, they can wreck your sex life.”
I have a younger brother! Oh no! Would a little fratricide be necessary to ensure my sex life stayed happy? And although he is my little brother, he is physically bigger than me, so how the hell was I supposed to rid myself of this sex-destroying sibling?
It was a good thing I decided to read the rest of the article, which was rather at odds with the headline. According to researchers in Australia having a younger brother can delay when a girl starts menstruating and having sex by up to two years. Apparently this is because parents rely on daughters to help rear younger siblings.
Hmmm… I’m not sure about this. Why not younger sisters as well as younger brothers? Surely parents who expect you to help with the smaller kids would do so regardless of their gender.
On the other hand, I did start menstruating and having sex later than most of my peers… by about two years. Then again, I have an older sister who took way more interest in helping to raise the little brat than I did (I ignored him until he was about 10) and she started menstruating and having sex around the same time as most of her friends. Either way I don’t think I could accuse my younger brother of wrecking my sex life. I am well able to do that all by myself