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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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The Power of Stories and Ten Myths about Sex in Emerging Adulthood

The Power of Stories and Ten Myths about Sex in Emerging Adulthood

(p.236) Eight The Power of Stories and Ten Myths about Sex in Emerging Adulthood
Premarital Sex in America

Mark Regnerus (Contributor Webpage)

Jeremy Uecker

Oxford University Press

This chapter concludes the book by discussing the power of narratives and sexual scripts in shaping the options and decisions of emerging adults. Young Americans aren’t rational actors, as plenty of social science would suppose. They — like the rest of Americans — are story followers who participate in the institutionalization not only of sexual behavior patterns but also of ideas about sex. We wrap up the book by summarizing it in the form of ten myths about sex among emerging adults.

Keywords:   narrative, sexual scripting theory, sexual economics, institutionalization, media, myths, sex, double standard, pornography, sexual exclusivity

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