Reality check: 95% of Americans had premarital sex

This is from CNN. The conservative wingnuts are going to shit a brick when they read this:

More than nine out of 10 Americans, men and women alike, have had premarital sex, according to a new study. The high rates extend even to women born in the 1940s, challenging perceptions that people were more chaste in the past.

“This is reality-check research,” said the study’s author, Lawrence Finer. “Premarital sex is normal behavior for the vast majority of Americans, and has been for decades.”

Finer is a research director at the Guttmacher Institute, a private New York-based think tank that studies sexual and reproductive issues and which disagrees with government-funded programs that rely primarily on abstinence-only teachings. The study, released Tuesday, appears in the new issue of Public Health Reports.

[…]According to Finer’s analysis, 99 percent of the respondents had had sex by age 44, and 95 percent had done so before marriage.

The emphasis is mine. I still know people abstain until they get married, but I’m not naive as to think they are in the minority. In fact, I think I would have had more sexual partners in college if I could go back, but hindsight is a bitch, ain’t it?

Of course, I’m joking (my wife is looking over my elbow…)

Then why all the focus on abstinence-only sex education? Don’t these people get that if you abstain but are uneducated about sex, you are just as likely, maybe even more, to acquire a sexually transmitted disease, or even getting pregnant? You still need to learn about sex, period, and that means TALKING about sex in a sensitive, educated, medically correct, informed-manner, not just pretending people that people don’t have sex. What, they never fell in love while they were younger?

One Response to Reality check: 95% of Americans had premarital sex

  1. Roger says:

    Americans finally realize the try-before-you-buy works just as well with sex as it does with commodities. Rather than marrying and then shacking up with hot sex coming after the nuptuals, Americans are increasingly putting out before putting on the wedding rings.Women are just as likely as men to get it on before matrimony.
    I think this is just the sign of the times. I mean, we like to test things, try them out, before making a purchase. Why should sex and marriage be any different? The stigma associated with pre-marital sex is dead. Long live free love!

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