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?