Sex Roles (2012) 66:807–809 DOI 10.1007/s11199-011-0078-2 BOOK REVIEW Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying. By Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker, New York, Oxford University Press, 2011. 295 pp. $24.95 (hardcover). ISBN: 978-0-19-974328-5. Jennifer Katz & Jonah Smith Published online: 1 October 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011 This provocative book describes sex among heterosexual quick sex rather than deep connection. This is our first “emerging adults”—youth aged 18 to 23. The authors major criticism. Certainly, when compared to the marital analyzed multiple surveys and interviewed many young yardstick, pre-marital couplings may come up short. But people about their sexual practices. Unlike similar books perhaps in the context of emerging adulthood, longer and (e.g., Bogle 2008; Holland et al. 2004), the authors address deeper (ahem!) relationships aren’t necessarily better, just unique topics such as adult virginity (Ch 2), anal (hetero) different. One size may not fit all. sex (Ch 3), and early marriage (Ch 6). In our view, the Similarly, the authors apply sexual economics theory strongest chapters describe emerging adults’ perceptions (Baumeister and Vohs 2004) to sex in emerging adulthood, and experiences of marriage (Ch 6) and how sexual but this is
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