Of course, tales of scarce men and sexual permissiveness in ancient Sparta won’t convince everyone, so I began to explore the demographics of modern religion.I wanted to show that god-fearing folks steeped in old-fashioned values are just as susceptible to the effects of shifting sex ratios as cosmopolitan, hookup-happy 20-somethings who frequent Upper East Side wine bars. One of my web searches turned up a study from Trinity College’s American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) on the demographics of Mormons.I would like to have a nice wedding, but can't afford anything other than the County Clerks office :( At 55, I figure I have at least another 30 years left in me (based on my families longevity).We plan on at least one child, whose father will be older than it's grandfather!According to the NCHS's William Mosher, the average age for first-time sex for women is between 16 and 17.
Many states have age-gap provisions that legalize teen sexuality as long as they are within a certain age range. In all states, dating, hugging, holding hands and kissing are not illegal.A few weeks later, ' June 16th Vows column featured the wedding of Christopher Cox, 32, the grandson of Richard Nixon and former campaign aid to John Mc Cain, to Andrea Catsimatidis, whom he met when she was a senior at an Upper East Side high school. This squeamishness is understandable: Hutchison is nearly old enough to be Stodden's grandfather. Of course, men have paired up with younger women -- often much younger women -- for all of human history. Marriage aside, the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics, found that a significant number of girls lose their virginity to older partners.Some 16 percent of girls had sex with male partners who were 4-6 years older and 11 percent had partners that were 7 or more years older.Thus, if someone has a reasonable, good-faith belief the individual they are having sex with is 16 or older, they can avoid criminal liability.If you believe you have violated Indiana's age of consent laws, you should contact an attorney immediately. Times have changed, and that is a good thing—especially the fading-away of cruel taboos that once stigmatized women who engaged in premarital sex or bore children out of wedlock. The values question assumes that sexual mores loosen naturally from conservative to liberal.The dating game is rigged, but the problem is not strategic â it’s demographic. Multiple studies show that college-educated Americans are increasingly reluctant to marry those lacking a college degree. It’s not that He’s Just Not That Into You—it’s that There Just Aren’t Enough of Him.According to the ARIS study, there are now 150 Mormon women for every 100 Mormon men in the state of Utah—a 50 percent oversupply of women.On a lark, I emailed my friend Cynthia Bowman,* a devout Mormon who grew up in Salt Lake City and returns there often, and asked her whether Mormon sex ratios are as lopsided as the ARIS study claimed.Thus, despite the age of majority, a 15-year-old and 17-year-old could legally have sex in Indiana, but if the older person were 18, it would be a crime. Indiana takes a few notable deviations from standard age of consent laws.Technically, this "close-in-age" provision is a defense instead of an exception, but it allows a 4 year gap in age if the two are in an ongoing personal relationship.