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Reality check: 95 percent of Americans had premarital sex
CNN ^ | 12/19/2006

Posted on 12/19/2006 6:04:03 PM PST by doc30

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: familyvalues; premarital; sex; thebigo
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1 posted on 12/19/2006 6:04:06 PM PST by doc30
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To: doc30

Film at 11...


2 posted on 12/19/2006 6:04:40 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline

Although I am sure it is high, I doubt 95%.


3 posted on 12/19/2006 6:06:13 PM PST by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
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To: doc30

One could cadge a research grant and do a study on the remaining 5%.


4 posted on 12/19/2006 6:06:32 PM PST by GSlob
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To: doc30
The "hooking-up" and "friends with benefits" trend in today's colleges is NOT something that was going on in previous generations.
5 posted on 12/19/2006 6:06:47 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (The broken wall, the burning roof and tower. And Agamemnon dead.)
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To: MPJackal

"Although I am sure it is high, I doubt 95%."

My thought exactly.


6 posted on 12/19/2006 6:06:59 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: doc30
I'd be curious to know what percentage of the 95% only had premarital sex with their eventual spouse. That would tend to shoot a hole in these researchers' theory.
7 posted on 12/19/2006 6:07:04 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: doc30
The high rates extend even to women born in the 1940s, challenging perceptions that people were more chaste in the past.

Born in the 40's? Baby boomers!

Of course they got rid of hubby and the kids, got the dog-chewed-on-it short haircut and moved to Santa Fe where they quit having sex but claim to be 'very sexual beings'....

8 posted on 12/19/2006 6:08:18 PM PST by Cogadh na Sith (There's an open road from the cradle to the tomb.)
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To: NittanyLion

I think that's why the number is at 95%. Still counts as pre-marital sex.


9 posted on 12/19/2006 6:08:58 PM PST by Maury
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To: NittanyLion

My wife would be one, so we are at 50%. She still thinks I'm great.


10 posted on 12/19/2006 6:09:04 PM PST by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
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To: ClearCase_guy
The "hooking-up" and "friends with benefits" trend in today's colleges is NOT something that was going on in previous generations.

Yeah! The baby-boomers were chaste as the wind-driven snow!

11 posted on 12/19/2006 6:09:15 PM PST by Cogadh na Sith (There's an open road from the cradle to the tomb.)
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To: doc30

Maybe my family is a bunch of freaks, but both my parents, my sister, and I all fit into that 5%.

I don't buy it. I know several friends who abstained, as well.

But I seriously doubt the number of parnters was as high for those born in the 1940s as they are today...


12 posted on 12/19/2006 6:09:23 PM PST by CheyennePress
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To: MPJackal

First or second marriage? Heh heh heh...

First marriages may see lower numbers of premarital sex, but the second and third could be skewing this considerably.

It's like the divorce rate. First marriage failure rates are a lot lower than the overall marriage failure rate.


13 posted on 12/19/2006 6:09:59 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Victory will never be achieved while defining Conservatism downward, and forsaking it's heritage.)
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To: doc30

Thats it...because of this PROOF we must never again even suggest virginity and purity to kids or anyone for that matter...its now a dead issue. Everybody try on the shoe before marriage now, after all 95% of us did so...just ask these folks.

<sarcasm/off


14 posted on 12/19/2006 6:11:06 PM PST by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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To: doc30
The counterculture always wants you to believe everyone is doing it, everyday, and in the streets.

Not too long ago the homo's were trying to make you believe 10% of the US is gay, and that all females would soon have AIDS, cuz they were the fastest growing group.

Oh yeah, and McKinsey and his big survey...? They were taken using US PRISONERS as survey subjects....

15 posted on 12/19/2006 6:11:53 PM PST by gaijin
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To: doc30

I'm married, what is sex? :)


16 posted on 12/19/2006 6:13:29 PM PST by mosquewatch.com (No Islam, Know peace.)
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To: DoughtyOne

My second, her first. And you are right about the stats. I remember hearing Paul Harvey talking about the divorce rate. He said it was 50% or so. But he went on to say that with some people having 2, 3, 4, and some more marriages, the real stat is that 75% of marriages actually survive.

Figures lie and liars figure.


17 posted on 12/19/2006 6:14:00 PM PST by MPJackal ("If you are not with us, you are against us.")
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To: doc30

The study itself is at:

http://tinyurl.com/yxalr9
http://www.publichealthreports.org/userfiles/122_1/12_PHR122-1_73-78.pdf


18 posted on 12/19/2006 6:16:00 PM PST by M. Dodge Thomas
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To: CheyennePress
So does my family AND my children....and I hardly think we're in the freak category.

Good for you!

20 posted on 12/19/2006 6:18:38 PM PST by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President....2008!)
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To: CheyennePress

Same here, my parents, my three siblings and myself are part of the 5 percent.

Coincidentallly...or maybe not...the length of our marriages to date are: 57 years (parents)...siblings and myself: 32 years, 26 years, 26 years, and 24 years.


21 posted on 12/19/2006 6:18:54 PM PST by dawn53
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To: doc30

And the other 5% lied about it.


22 posted on 12/19/2006 6:19:07 PM PST by eastforker (.308 SOCOM 16, hottest brand going.2350 FPS muzlim velocity)
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To: TEX06
Depends on what sex is. Or to paraphrase the Slickster -- "What is is?

For the proposes of this study, "vaginal sexual intercourse".

23 posted on 12/19/2006 6:19:49 PM PST by M. Dodge Thomas
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To: Cogadh na Sith
Image hosted by Photobucket.com many a morning in the 70's when i'd have to rifle a pocket book looking for a drivers license so i'd know who i was waking up...
24 posted on 12/19/2006 6:19:59 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: gaijin
"Not too long ago the homo's were trying to make you believe 10% of the US is gay"

I wonder if that was a "heterosexual pre-marital sex" survey or what?

If we don't include the 10% gay population, does that bring the 95% down to 85%?

What a bunch of crap....probably a taxpayer-funded study, too.....

25 posted on 12/19/2006 6:20:47 PM PST by traditional1
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To: GSlob

One could cadge a research grant and do a study on the remaining 5%.

Some folks are just dog ugly


26 posted on 12/19/2006 6:22:05 PM PST by cjmae (Sanity was not equally distributed)
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To: ICE-FLYER

I wonder how the divorce rate of the 5% compares to the rest. I know the couples who don't live together before marriage do much better than those that do.


27 posted on 12/19/2006 6:22:43 PM PST by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: doc30

Maybe the respondents were confused and thought the poll takers meant 'test driving cars'. Or, the respondents were thinking manual manipulation of their own genitalia.


28 posted on 12/19/2006 6:22:52 PM PST by Thumper1960 (Unleash the Dogs of War as a Minority, or perish as a party.)
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To: Cogadh na Sith; CheyennePress

I was born in the late 30's. In college in the Middle West many of us lost our virginity or were sexually active. On the whole though it was not the first date, and not unless we thought we would continue to date the person. Not like "hooking-up", although as one accumulated several years of experience and friends, it might become "friends with benefits". In high school in the East it was not as common, although some girls from working class families had a "reputation." One 15 year old college track girl got pregnant by her steady boyfriend. It was a bit of a scandal

My mother was in college in the late 20's. She and her friends used to go from New Jersey to "speak easies" in New York City in the Village. I doubt she was a virgin when she met my father.


29 posted on 12/19/2006 6:23:21 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: CheyennePress
But I seriously doubt the number of parnters was as high for those born in the 1940s as they are today...

I don't know...it was culturally OK for women to like men back then. Things are tougher, now. ;)

30 posted on 12/19/2006 6:23:36 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: M. Dodge Thomas

Then I really have to call BS. (I'd highly doubt it even if it included oral.) I'm definitely going to read this thing and see how they went about their research.


31 posted on 12/19/2006 6:23:55 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: doc30

I wonder if they considered "rape" as sex before marriage.

According to numbers I've heard (perhaps, their own), up to 25 % of women have been raped.


32 posted on 12/19/2006 6:24:07 PM PST by ConservativeMind
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To: Cogadh na Sith
Yeah! The baby-boomers were chaste as the wind-driven snow!

Actually some of us were and some of our children are. Shock of all shocks!

33 posted on 12/19/2006 6:24:16 PM PST by Pure Country
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To: doc30

If this was figured "per capita" it might be my fault.

God forgive me, I once was lost.


34 posted on 12/19/2006 6:25:29 PM PST by Greenpees (Coulda Shoulda Woulda)
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To: doc30

I believe it. I don't know a single virgin before they were married.


35 posted on 12/19/2006 6:25:32 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: eastforker

LOL! So true...


36 posted on 12/19/2006 6:26:02 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: MPJackal

And of all the people getting divorced, HALF of them are women. Whooda thunk it?


37 posted on 12/19/2006 6:27:12 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: doc30

95% huh, is that with or without a partner.


38 posted on 12/19/2006 6:27:24 PM PST by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, thats how you sell clothing.)
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To: NinoFan
I think its true with my generation. However, I cannot speak for other generations. High school or college tend to be the places where most lose their virginity.
39 posted on 12/19/2006 6:27:30 PM PST by Sprite518
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To: NittanyLion
I'd be curious to know what percentage of the 95% only had premarital sex with their eventual spouse. That would tend to shoot a hole in these researchers' theory.

That'd be me.

Just celebrated our 20th.

40 posted on 12/19/2006 6:27:47 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: dawn53

Since some are using length of marriage as a criteria in favor of being part of the 5%, I should add that my marriage of 44 years ended with the death of my husband, and my parents were married around 50 years.


41 posted on 12/19/2006 6:28:00 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Sprite518

If you read this thread, you'll see that some people don't have pre-marital sex.

I find it hard to believe that you've never met anyone who was a virgin before they were married. I grew up in a politically and socially mixed community, and I knew lots of people who did not have pre-marital sex.


42 posted on 12/19/2006 6:28:20 PM PST by NinoFan
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To: Sprite518

You can include gradeschool nowdays.


43 posted on 12/19/2006 6:28:36 PM PST by eastforker (.308 SOCOM 16, hottest brand going.2350 FPS muzlim velocity)
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To: doc30

This country is going to hell in a hurry...


44 posted on 12/19/2006 6:30:00 PM PST by Hambone02 (USAF AMMO IYAAYAS)
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To: Lizavetta
I think a better question would have been to determine how many married people have had intercourse with a person other than their spouse. I'm guessing that would drop the number to between 50-75%. Still a lot, but significantly lower.

But then again, I wouldn't be pursuing a particular agenda via my research.

45 posted on 12/19/2006 6:30:02 PM PST by NittanyLion
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To: Mr. Blonde

Oh, I am sure they have a divorce rate that is bad too considerng the day and age, but I am willing to bet it is better than average by a mile. I do not trust this "poll" either. I don't think I would trust a Poll on the issue. The best way to measure is that of marriages lasting 50+ and then you may have a good measure. After all, they at least are most likely 1st marriages and by their years may have held the higher standard.

I just hope example and teaching will yeild that standard for my children. I neither trust in man or self but God for this. I do not give up hope either.


46 posted on 12/19/2006 6:30:12 PM PST by ICE-FLYER (God bless and keep the United States of America)
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I know the couples who don't live together before marriage do much better..."

Lived with my husband almost two years before marriage. Married for 44 years. My son lived with his wife for 4 or 5 years before they married. Now together more than 10 years.


47 posted on 12/19/2006 6:30:46 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: NinoFan

Says who, do you think everyone will admit they had sex before being married. Unless you were hancuffed to them you realy don't know.


48 posted on 12/19/2006 6:31:23 PM PST by eastforker (.308 SOCOM 16, hottest brand going.2350 FPS muzlim velocity)
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To: MPJackal
Although I am sure it is high, I doubt 95%.

It always seemed to me that this kind of "study" is as much a waste of time as it is meaningless. Who knows what the figure is? Who cares? We do or should know that many of the people answering the big question have one lying agenda or another.

Perhaps a worthy study might involve whether yes or no furthers the human condition. Even that would require an existential yard stick of meter length.

49 posted on 12/19/2006 6:31:29 PM PST by stevem
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To: doc30

Does the definition of sex include necking as well as intercourse.


50 posted on 12/19/2006 6:31:48 PM PST by Raycpa
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