I wanted to clarify my post from the other night. It might have read a bit, like I think you should only be having sex if you are married. Ah, no! I am not thinking that at all. I think I was in mommy mode a bit and thinking about young adults, reacting to a certain segment of the populations stance on the vaccine Gardasil.
I am 100% of the opinion that what adults do, in the privacy of their own homes and with whom is not anyone business but their own. The government should not be involved.
Furthermore, I am of the opinion that that whatever works, well works. As long as it involves consenting adults. Period. End of discussion.
Having spent a fair amount of time in Europe, I have to say the Puritan influences are not the norm everywhere. Europeans have very healthy attitudes about sex. Granted, being able to buy porn in the train station, was an eye opener when I was 16, but seriously - they talk to their kids about sex. Sex is seen as normal and natural.
I think that everyone has to decide for themselves what it ok and what is not. There is no one size fits all approach to the matter of sex. I also will wager a guess that it is process of self discovery and actualization. That is why I am a big believer in good, well rounded, honest sex education for young people. As stated knowledge is power.