Rites Of Passage Essay

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Rites of Passage (Virginity) Anthony Satcher, Kindra Monay, David Bade, Cheryl Kotanen, Aida De Jesus BSHS/342 January 28, 2012 Meredith Sharp According to the Oxford English Dictionary, virginity means the condition of chastity or remaining in a state of chastity; abstinence from or avoidance of sexual relations or bodily chastity, as a virtue of commendation. A rite of passage tests or challenge individuals going through major life changes. The first sexual act functions as the middle ground between childhood and adulthood, and as such considered to be a significant rite of passage. The loss of virginity is a significant life experience for adolescence entering into adulthood. The circumstances surrounding this rite of passage may have long-term effects on individuals, depending on the perception of his or her culture. The association between virginity loss and growing into adulthood are essential to sexual empowerment, emotional well-being and physical health. On average, adolescents have sex for the first time around 17. At age 19, 70% of adolescent boys and girls have lost his or her virginity (National Survey of Family Growth). The reasons teens give for early sexual encounters are peer pressure, curiosity, and the idea that "everyone does it." Girls also cite pressure from boys as a top reason, and girls who mature earlier and look older are more likely to be sexually active than those who mature later (Dunn, Bartee, & Perko, 2003). Males 15 to 17 stated they lost their virginity younger than they would have preferred and sighted peer pressure as the reason. Young girls stated they lost their virginity because of peer pressure from other boys. Males tend to lose their virginity because they want to “get it over with,” not to be the only virgin in their group of friends and to be more popular. Females tend to lose their virginity early

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