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Before the 1970s sex itself probably constituted the

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- before the 1970s, sex itself probably constituted the greatest risk connected with romance for girls - many had illegal abortions as teenagers or bore children they would not have had under other circumstances - in the 1970s, conditions shifted significantly Eisenstadt v. Baird : right to contraception - men cannot be depended upon for commitment or provision - the family was perceived, whatever may have been the reality, as inescapably smothering (1980s) - under the strain of the task to persuade men to commit themselves to a relationship, teenage girls often try to retreat into traps that feminism recently sprang at least partly free of compulsory monogamy and premarital chastity - it is extremely rare for a teenage girl to tell a story about wanting to go farther sexually than her partner - pleasure itself is taboo in the extreme for women - it seems likely that many teenage girls are so entrenched in the good-girl socialization that they never think of pleasure - having sex all the time is rarely the aftermath of first sexual intercourse for teenage girls, particularly not for teenagers who start sexual activity before age 15
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Week 4 may simply be that it is not an experience she wants to repeat, or typical “girl gives in, girl gets dumped” scenario - one common reaction is to try to go backwards, to reconstruct not only the old world of limits and permissions, taboos and guarantees, but even to reconstruct the body retreat back to pseudo-virginity - many teenage girls seem in dire need of some of the basics of feminist advice pain and frustration the girls feel old bargain of sex for love they need to know more about pleasure - teenage girls are not having too much, too soon; they are having too little- too little pleasure, too few options, not enough sexual power Behind the Fig Leaf by John S. Haller and Robin M. Haller - for Victorian America, sexual promiscuity was an ominous indication of national decay; a serious weakening of society’s order and stability - physical love somehow interfered with the realization of society’s greater objectives - the purpose of sex was less a means of personal enjoyment than a specialized function of race and national development - the 17 th and 18 th century manuals of love and marriage contrasted sharply; the woman’s interest in sex as well as her ability to conceive depended entirely upon pleasurable reciprocity - the pamphlets were a valuable source of erotic and medical lure they dealt with those problems of most concern to the populace- impotence, infertility, the marking of unborn children, and sexual malfunctions 18 th century manual writers regarded sex as a healthy passion governed by natural laws love manuals written during the first half of the 19 th century treated women as potentially equal partners in the marriage bed they cautioned against too frequent satiation of the senses - one of the first significant changes in marital advice came with the writings of Sylvester Graham
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