Wednesday, July 17, 2013

It’s a strange time to be an American teenager

Exhibit 6,924,069:

On the one hand:

Because virginity is often culturally linked only to vaginal
sex, to preserve virginity, adolescents and young adults
may engage in other sexual behaviors that involve exchange of fluid and are thus salient for STD acquisition. Overall, oral sex and anal sex are prevalent behaviors in this population, most commonly in conjunction with vaginal sex. Here we consider those who have oral or anal sex without vaginal sex. Amongst those who have only oral sex and/or anal sex, pledgers are over-represented.  Overall, about 3% of respondents reported oral sex with one or more partners but no vaginal sex. Although just over 2% of nonpledgers fall into this group, 13% of consistent pledgers and 5% of inconsistent pledgers do (p .000). Similarly, 0.7% of nonpledgers report anal but no vaginal sex, compared with 1.2% for pledgers…. 

- “After the promise: the STD consequences of adolescent virginity pledges.” Hannah Brückner, Ph.D. and Peter Bearman, Ph.D. Journal of Adolescent Health 36 (2005) 271–278

On the other hand:

§ 18.2-361. Crimes against nature; penalty.

A. If any person carnally knows in any manner any brute animal, or carnally knows any male or female person by the anus or by or with the mouth, or voluntarily submits to such carnal knowledge, he or she shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony, except as provided in subsection B.

-Code of Virginia, and currently an issue in the state’s gubernatorial election

See also: The Everything-But Girl.