In mainstream Australian society, there is little expectation that the bride or groom will arrive as virgins to the matrimonial bed. According to the Australian Study of Health and Relationships the median age of first vaginal intercourse has remained steady at 17 for over a decade, while the median age for marriage is much older, at 31 for men and 29 for women. In16 per cent of couples who married lived together before tying the knot; today that figure is 77 per cent.
Skip navigation! Story from Sex. While it was once unheard of to know someone who'd had premarital sex or, at least, someone willing to admit itmany millennials would now be hard-pressed to point toward someone who waited to have sex.
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A very good friend of mine recently broke up with her boyfriend. They were both Christians, very involved in the church and on the outside seemed happy. I was not shocked when they broke up though, because she had confessed to me their biggest problem: He would not let go of the fact that she was not a virgin.
Whether it be for religious reasons, nerves, or just straight-up timing, some people choose to wait until marriage to have sex for the first time. And whether it's as magical as a double rainbow or awkward as an ob-gyn visit, one thing's for sure: Sex on your wedding night is anything but predictable. We waited until the night after the wedding, which was the first night of our honeymoon.
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On their wedding night he discovered otherwise. She admitted that she had lied to him. He applied to a court in Lille for an annulment of the marriage, under the French law that allows this when there has been an error as to the "essential quality" of one of the parties.
Growing up in a Christian home, I was raised to view my virginity as almost as important as my salvation. I took those warnings to heart. It's difficult to understand if you didn't grow up in the church, but the focus on purity before marriage is so pervasive in many Christian circles that I didn't even question it. Of course I would wait until marriage.