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The Power of Stories and Ten Myths about Sex in Emerging Adulthood

Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker

in Premarital Sex in America

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199743285
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894741 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743285.003.0008
The Power of Stories and Ten Myths about Sex in Emerging Adulthood

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This chapter concludes the book by discussing the power of narratives and sexual scripts in shaping the options and decisions of emerging adults. Young Americans aren’t rational actors, as plenty of social science would suppose. They — like the rest of Americans — are story followers who participate in the institutionalization not only of sexual behavior patterns but also of ideas about sex. We wrap up the book by summarizing it in the form of ten myths about sex among emerging adults.

Keywords: narrative; sexual scripting theory; sexual economics; institutionalization; media; myths; sex; double standard; pornography; sexual exclusivity

Chapter.  6326 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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