Teens Not That Into 'Technical Virginity'

Oral sex as substitute for intercourse not as common as thought
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 4:54 PM CDT
Most teens who engage in oral or anal sex have also engaged in intercourse.   ((c) MC Quinn)
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(Newser) – Teens rarely have oral sex as a way of putting off intercourse, making the idea of "technical virginity" is more or less a myth, according to a new study. "There's a popular perception that teens are engaging in serial oral sex as a strategy to avoid vaginal intercourse. Our research suggests that's a misperception," one researcher tells the Washington Post.

The study found instead that most teens become sexually active in a variety of ways at the same time. "We have these images of oral sex parties, but it's not based on evidence," says one academic. "A study like this allows us to begin to dissect what actually is going on. It really helps to break both the positive and negative stereotypes."