Sex with love won't drag down your GPA
Bad news for the morals police: A new study co-authored by University of Minnesota sociobiology professor Eric Grodsky finds that sex with a steady girlfriend or boyfriend isn't likely to drag down a teenage student's grades.
But the scolds will like another finding in the report: Hooking up with no emotional attachment runs hand in hand with lower grades, lousy behavior, expulsion from school or dropping out.
"Compared to abstinence, sexual intercourse in committed romantic relationships is often academically harmless, whereas in other types of relationships it is more detrimental," said Grodsky and professor Bill McCarthy at the University of California, Davis, in their new findings. "Females and males who have sex only with romantic partners are generally similar to abstainers on most of the education measures we examined."
"Collectively, our results find that the detrimental outcomes commonly attributed to adolescent sexual intercourse occur mostly in non-romantic contexts,"Grodsky and McCarthy said in a news release from the American Sociological Association. "These findings raise doubts about the veracity of sexual education programs that link adolescent sex to a plethora of negative outcomes."
Sociologist Peggy Giordano of Bowling Green State University, who had no role in the research, put it this way to the AP:
"This should give some comfort to parents who may be concerned that their teenage son or daughter is dating."
This is not a green light for happy, unwed couples to engage in safe, happy, unwed sex, the Family research Council tells the AP. Heavens no. No green light there. Why, that could lead to -- gulp -- a call for better sex education. Can't be having that.
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