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Premarital Sex in AmericaHow Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying$
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Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199743285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743285.001.0001

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Red Sex, Blue Sex

Red Sex, Blue Sex

Relationship Norms in a Divided America

(p.205) Seven Red Sex, Blue Sex
Premarital Sex in America

Mark Regnerus (Contributor Webpage)

Jeremy Uecker

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how political culture is reflected in young Americans’ sexual choices. For liberal or “blue” young adults, preparing for their careers takes precedence. While more sexually permissive in perspective than conservative or “red” young adults, their actual sexual behavior is slower to develop, and when it does is disconnected — often for several years — from marriage and fertility. Among reds, sex is often experienced earlier than among blues, and is more closely connected to religion, marriage, childbearing, and family. While premarital sex is common among reds, it remains associated with the institution of marriage. Reds that take their religion and education seriously are among the least sexually active of Americans, however. Ramifications of conservative and liberal behavior patterns for the emergence of the Second Demographic Transition in America are discussed.

Keywords:   red sex, blue sex, conservatism, liberalism, Second Demographic Transition, fertility trends

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