Family Values?

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by ZZZzzzzzzz, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. Most Americans have had premarital sex

    By DAVID CRARY, AP National WriterWed Dec 20, 5:28 AM ET

    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.

    The study, examining how sexual behavior before marriage has changed over time, was based on interviews conducted with more than 38,000 people — about 33,000 of them women — in 1982, 1988, 1995 and 2002 for the federal National Survey of Family Growth. According to Finer's analysis, 99 percent of the respondents had had sex by age 44, and 95 percent had done so before marriage.

    Even among a subgroup of those who abstained from sex until at least age 20, four-fifths had had premarital sex by age 44, the study found.

    Finer said the likelihood of Americans having sex before marriage has remained stable since the 1950s, though people now wait longer to get married and thus are sexually active as singles for extensive periods.

    The study found women virtually as likely as men to engage in premarital sex, even those born decades ago. Among women born between 1950 and 1978, at least 91 percent had had premarital sex by age 30, he said, while among those born in the 1940s, 88 percent had done so by age 44.

    "The data clearly show that the majority of older teens and adults have already had sex before marriage, which calls into question the federal government's funding of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs for 12- to 29-year-olds," Finer said.

    Under the Bush administration, such programs have received hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.

    "It would be more effective," Finer said, "to provide young people with the skills and information they need to be safe once they become sexually active — which nearly everyone eventually will."

    Wade Horn, assistant secretary for children and families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, defended the abstinence-only approach for teenagers.

    "One of its values is to help young people delay the onset of sexual activity," he said. "The longer one delays, the fewer lifetime sex partners they have, and the less the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease."

    He insisted there was no federal mission against premarital sex among adults.

    "Absolutely not," Horn said. "The Bush administration does not believe the government should be regulating or stigmatizing the behavior of adults."

    Horn said he found the high percentages of premarital sex cited in the study to be plausible, and expressed hope that society would not look askance at the small minority that chooses to remain abstinent before marriage.

    However, Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America, a conservative group which strongly supports abstinence-only education, said she was skeptical of the findings.

    "Any time I see numbers that high, I'm a little suspicious," she said. "The numbers are too pat."

    Leslee Unruh, who runs a South Dakota-based organization promoting abstinence-only education, contended that increasing numbers of young people were open to remaining chaste until marriage.
  2. I wonder is there a statistic on what percent of klansmen had premarital gay sex with minors?
  3. You sure have this on your mind a lot... I wonder why?...:p
  4. What's the stat about under 18 teenagers and kids having sex in Africa?

    What's the point again?
  5. If this stat is accurate, it gives ZZZZZzzzzz the minority status he has been seeking all his life.
  6. Isn't the daughter of VP Cheney a lesbian who is pregnant and expecting a child with her "partner" and the father is no where to be found?

    Talk about hypocrisy.
  7. We're becoming more and more like pygmy chimps. I guess that's reversion to type...
  8. She must not really be a lesbian. Real lesbians do not want kids.

    She will finally figure it all out. I am sure her lesbian lover is a Democrat
    who bribed her in some way to be a pervert for the time being.

    All true gay/lesbians are Democrats... It is sick...:(
  9. Because I don't want those klanmen to hurt any kids... you have a problem with that?
  10. I am sorry to hear you live in the southern USA with all of these klansmen you talk about.

    Take care. And remember, most perverts (gay/lesbian) are Democrats.

    You should be worried about them instead. Those gay people
    actually adopt little kids so they can do what they want with them.

    It is like a disease that is trying it's best to spread itself amongst the normal people.

    But you don't seem to have a problem with that...:confused:

    In fact, your harping on "klansmen" being perverts isn't even a
    part of reality...

    A little delusional don't you think?
    #10     Dec 22, 2006