Fascinating Sex Facts
Posted: Jul 27 2015
Societies throughout history have had an interest in promoting marriage and monogamy. There are lots of sex facts surrounding this idea, which we’ll get to in a bit, but if you look throughout history you can see the impact sex both in and out of marriage has had. Sex is one of the greatest human endeavors, but what happens when all of the opposing ideas surrounding sex get mixed up and the principles of free love crash into the standards set by monogamy? Well, buckle your seat belts because you are in for a thought-provoking trip down sex fact lane.
Sexual Activity and Sex Partners
Monogamy has been and continues to be promoted in societies around the world today. From America to Australia, the importance of intact families has been heralded for decades, maybe even centuries. A report by the Heritage Foundation in America examined the links between the age of first sexual activity, the number of non-marital sex partners and overall well-being. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Heritage Foundation is a conservative think-tank in Washington, D.C. It openly has an agenda that promotes traditional marriage, so keep that in mind as we discuss some of the findings of their report.
The report found that girls who by their own choice begin sexual activity at the age of 13 or 14 will have around 13 voluntary sex partners they aren’t married to in their lives. This contrasts with girls who begin sexual activity in their early 20’s, who will have an average of 2.7 sex partners in their lives. I’m not sure how you have .7 sex partners, but we’ll just go with it. Also, girls who have sex early have a higher turnover rate of partners, about 4 times more than the girls who wait until their early 20’s.
I realize that anecdotal evidence isn’t really evidence, but as someone who was older when I had sex for the first time, I’ve had a lot more than 2.7 sex partners. Do they mean 2.7 sex partners a year? This would make for an interesting dinner party conversation, don’t you think? Bring the wine.
The Negative Consequences
These are the sex facts that really speak for themselves, because even if I have doubts about how many sex partners you might have depending on what age you begin, there has been a lot of research to back up the fact that more partners puts you at risk for more negative consequences – especially for women. Women may end up with physical, mental social or economic negative effects throughout their lives as a consequence of decisions made when they were much younger.
For example, the report found that sexual activity at a young age increased the probability of contracting a STD. In fact, girls who had sex at 13 were twice as likely to get an STD as a girl who started sexual activity when she was 21. They’re also more likely to get pregnant out-of-wedlock, nearly four times more likely it turns out than women who wait until their older to begin having sex. This means they are more likely to become single mothers, less likely to have a stable marriage and all of this leads to a vicious cycle of poverty which is where most of these girls probably began their lives in the first place.
Why It Matters
I really think that what we should all take away from these numbers is that women have it tough in the world. Women have babies and so the consequences of sex at any age land squarely on their shoulders. I don’t like these numbers. I don’t like that those young girls may feel pressured to have sex to fit in or to feel like they have someone who cares about them. I don’t like that the decisions these girls make at a young age are likely to have a lasting impact on them. I am a firm believer in owning your sexuality and having sex when you want with who you want, but I also think that these girls begin that before they ever understand the full ramifications of their decisions. So, let’s educate ourselves and educate those around us and make a better world and a better society for everyone. That’s a fact, sex or not, folks.