Talk About A Double Standard

A new study shows teens are not immune to a double standard when it comes to sex. Findings from the American Sociological Association in Chicago show that the impact that young teen's sexual activity has on their social lives differs for boys and girls.

Researchers polled 11-16-year-olds in 28 communities. After having sex, boys had an 88 percent increase in acceptance, on average. Girls on the other hand had a 45 percent loss in peer acceptance, But when making out, girls had a 25 percent increase in peer acceptance, and boys had a 29 percent decrease.

In addition, the study found that for girls, defying traditional gender scripts by having sex can cost them both male and female friendships. While for boys, making out without sex cost them only male friends.

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