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M1chae15
2021-02-03T14:20:04+00:00

This graph takes a look at the number of sexual partners women have before their first marriage. People's sexual behavior is much different than it used to be. Today, 58% of people think premarital sex is okay, compared to 29% in the 1970s. Forty-three percent of women had just one premarital sex partner in the 1970s. Three decades later, this was down to 21%. Following in the wake of the sexual revolution, the 1970s have been characterized as a decade of carnal exploration. But this doesn’t seem to have been the case for the vast majority of women who ultimately tied the knot in that decade: almost two-thirds of them had at most one sex partner prior to getting married. Even in the 1980s, slightly over half of the women reported having a maximum of one sex partner before walking down the aisle. Things looked very different at the start of the new millennium. The fall of women having no premarital sex partners is as noteworthy. In the 1970s more than 1 in 5 of new brides were virgins. By the 2010s, the number dropped to 1 in 20. That's a decrease of more than 70%. At the other end of the distribution, the number of future wives who had ten or more sex partners increased from 2 percent in the 1970s to 14 percent in the 2000s, and then to 18 percent in the 2010s. Overall, women are far more likely to have had multiple premarital sex partners in recent years. 



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