Premarital Sex Isn't Just OK— It's Healthier
Sexual morality isn't about timing: Jill Filipovic
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 24, 2012 12:13 PM CDT
Updated Sep 24, 2012 1:47 PM CDT
Sex before marriage is right for most people, writes Jill Filipovic.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – With conservatives touting a wait-until-marriage stance on sex, it's time for "sex-positive liberals" to state things clearly and unequivocally: "Having sex before marriage is the best choice for nearly everyone," writes Jill Filipovic in the Guardian. Sex can bolster happiness and lead to a longer life, and it "releases stress, boosts immunities, helps you sleep, and is heart-healthy." Of course, in the wrong circumstances, it can also be harmful. But "sexual morality isn't about how long you wait. It's about how you treat yourself and the people you're with."

When to have sex is an individual choice; the problem comes with cultural and governmental pressure to wait. "The instruction to wait forever to experience a fundamental human pleasure is pointless and cruel," Filipovic notes, and notions of sex-free "purity" are inherently degrading to women. What's more, sex before marriage allows couples to determine their sexual compatibility. "While the old adage tells women that men won't buy the cow if they can get the milk for free, if I'm buying a cow, you can bet I'm going to make sure the milk is to my liking." Click through for Filipovic's full column.

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Sep 24, 2012 9:15 PM CDT
Kind of a stupid article. Like there's a real opposition to sex before marriage. Other than the the third of BYU students that aren't lying, who the hell actually waits?
Sep 24, 2012 8:46 PM CDT
Well, even the Bible states "Better to caste thy seed into the belly of a whore than spill it on the ground." You can BET as a teenager, in reading that passage, you KNOW that I MEMORIZED that one- for sure!
Sep 24, 2012 4:19 PM CDT
My sexy time is my business and your sexy time is none of my business unless it's with me. I have a hard enough time making my own choices, I do NOT want to be responsible for yours.