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That’s something we here at Waiting Till hope to change!
Three percent of the US population may seem like a small number, but that represents nearly 10,000,000 waiters-till-marriage.
The messages they receive in these programs contribute to their sexual health not only as adolescents, but also as adults.
Rather than present a balanced, complete picture of both abstinence and sexual activity, focuses on the negative repercussions of sexual activity; it discusses the possibility of unintended pregnancy and STDs, including HIV and goes on to blame teen sexual behavior for all sorts of individual and societal problems.
Think about how many gay people you’ve seen in your life.
Even though waiting until marriage for sex was much more expected in the 1950s, those who actually waited were still in the minority.
If you’re curious: After an initial drop in waiting till marriage during the 60s, our share of the population has held pretty stable for the last 40 years. Sources: Mike handles all of the programming and design work for
Naturally, religious people seem more likely to wait until marriage to have sex.
In a study of 9 Southern Babtist churches in Texas (it doesn’t get much more conservative than that), 20% of the church members aged 25 or younger were married without ever having premarital sex.
Popular belief holds that everybody waited until marriage in the past, then the 1960s came along and dethroned us waiters-till-marriage from the mainstream, relegating us to a fringe minority.