Template:To few opinions. The sexuality of US adolescents includes both their feelings, behaviors and development, and the place adolescent sexuality has in American society, including the response of the government , educators, parents, and other interested groups. Teenage pregnancy is four times as prevalent in the US as in the European Union,  but has been steadily declining since , reaching a record low in , according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , and continuing to decline through More than half of the schools in the study followed a comprehensive approach that included information about both abstinence and contraception, while approximately one third of schools provided students with abstinence-only sex education. Self-report surveys suggest that half of all to year-olds have had oral sex.
Throughout history, virginity has been a prized quality before marriage. But though it would come as no surprise to many people, the times are a-changin': A new look at sexual inexperience in the modern age suggests virginity in America has lost its virtue. Lack of sexual experience is no longer a trait that most people want in a partner, according to researchers at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction in Indiana. In fact, even virgins themselves did not find other virgins to be attractive partners. While the findings aren't great for virgins — suggesting virginity is now a barrier to a new relationship — there is an upside for everyone else. Gesselman and colleagues surveyed heterosexual adults — both attached and single — about their sexual history and asked if they felt odd or abnormal because of their level of sexual experience.
If a recent study published in the Journal of Sex Research is any indication, the cultural taboos and stigma around the notion of "virginity" may disappear sooner than later. In research conducted by sociology professor Susan Sprecher of Illinois State University, both men's and women's attitudes about sex and virginity in particular seem to be converging. Losing one's virginity is becoming less awkward and more pleasurable than it was several decades ago.
Think you know the meaning of virginity? You'll be surprised to find out what Jessica Valenti discovered. Recently, I sat down with Valenti to discuss the book, the myths, and what's going on at those Purity Balls. The purity myth is the lie that virginity or sexual abstinence has some bearing on who we are as people, as good people, women in particular.