According to a new study, teenagers are having casual, but safe sex at a younger age without guilt.
"And it is young women who are leading the way in this dramatic cultural shift in which sexual activity among teenagers is considered not only acceptable, but the norm, according to SDSU psychology professor and study co-author Jean Twenge."
I would say that young women are actually leading the way in most things now.
The reasons for this teenage sex renaissance?
"They include the availability of birth control, a shift toward satisfying an individual's needs as opposed to society's, and gender equality – young women are growing up feeling equal to their male counterparts.
"It's a cultural shift. Young people are saying do what's good for you and women can now make their own individual choices," Twenge said.
Twenge also said that the so-called sexual double standard, in which it was considered OK for men to have sex outside of marriage but not for women, has gone by the wayside among today's teenagers."
Surely this is good news, right? But, you know that the boot will eventually drop and someone will tell us that this is terrible news. I'm guessing it will either be:
a) A fundamentalist Christian group, or
b) A feminist organization.
So, if anyone wants to bet on one or the other to rain on the teenage sex parade first, I'll take bets of $1. I'm actually leaning towards b.