It's Memorial Day weekend -- aka the unofficial beginning of summer -- and soon you'll be inundated with annoying articles about the best exfoliation treatments, ab exercises and a diet that could only rival that of Kate Middleton prior to last year's royal wedding.
If that weren't enough, the commitment to achieving beach body "bliss" is further cemented by the endless gym and vacation ads of "perfect" silhouettes plastered everywhere.
But to truly motivate you and amplify the anxiety, SHAPE magazine teamed up with FitSugar to deliver a survey on what women really think about sporting a swimsuit this season. An alternative title for the survey: Misery loves company.
While the overall findings are far from earth-shattering, there is one particularly interesting nugget: 68 percent of women polled would forego at least one month of sex in exchange for the perfect bikini body.
Which leads to the next traumatic scenario that could only haunt one in the Facebook era: If photos from that beach outing were to appear on the social network, some 44 percent said they would remove the tag or ask their friend to take down the photo.
As for wearing a swimsuit around your significant other, one in four women feel most confident in that scenario.
Sadly, when it comes to baring their bodies, confidence isn't something that most women seem to feel. More specifically, more than 50 percent of women told SHAPE they hate their abs, while 29 percent revealed they are most insecure about their thighs.
But not all women are slinking into bikini season trying to lose weight. If you need some affirmation that women of all sizes and shapes can rock a stylish two-piece, check out XOJane's gallery of women in swimwear. Because at the end of the day, women should be able to enjoy the beach and their sex lives.
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Faster. No, Slower.
Shocker. A full <em>half</em> of Americans are dissatisfied with the length of time they are getting it on in the sack. For some, it's because intercourse is too short -- about 38 percent of respondents said that their lovemaking finishes too quickly. Twenty percent of adults said they like to have sex for at least a half hour. But some are down with the quickie: A substantial 25 percent of people reported their ideal length of intercourse is 10 minutes or less. How long do you prefer sex to last, not including foreplay?
All Together Now
Oh, the elusive simultaneous orgasm. It's romanticized as the ultimate expression of being in tune with your partner -- but doesn't happen that frequently, according to the Durex survey. Almost half of adults said they believed it was more likely they'd catch a glimpse of Big Foot than experience an orgasm at the same time as their partner. Over a third of respondents said they hardly ever, or never, came at the same time.
A whopping 75 percent of respondents said they've had sex in a "adventurous locale." Their favorite places to get down? The tried-and-true car hookup, getting naked by a pool, and covered in sand on a secluded beach. But there's no need to get out of the house to spice up your sex life. Respondents reported wanting to get frisky at home but <em>outside</em> of the bedroom, by taking advantage of the shower (31 percent), the couch (23 percent) and the porch (22 percent).
In Our Wildest Dreams
Women were asked to name the famous place where they'd most want to have sex. The winner? The Eiffel Tower. (On the relatively small observation deck at the top? In the dining room at <a href="http://www.lejulesverne-paris.com/" target="_hplink">Le Jules Verne</a>? On the ground below? Unclear.) A close second? Buckingham Palace. Would Liz approve?
Happy Birthday, Mr. President
Further confirming the idea that power is sexy, men said their number one preferred place to have sex is the White House. Men would also settle for the Eiffel Tower as a backup.