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. In , 16 per cent of couples who married lived together before tying the knot; today that figure is 77 per cent. So, sex before marriage is the norm.
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Long-standing tradition holds that being a virgin is required for brides in Afghanistan, and they are expected to prove it. Even being accused of having sex outside marriage can have dire consequences. Disgraced families have been known to demand that their "damaged" daughter-in-law be exchanged for her sister. Nonvirgins can be imprisoned in Afghanistan for adultery. And there are horrific tales of abuse, or worse.
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In a February interview with Vogue , the singer revealed that he and his wife of several months waited until their New York City courthouse wedding to do the deed. Because they lack self-worth. Women do that, and guys do that. There are perks. You get rewarded for good behavior.