Did Religion Make Us A Slut? 'Slate' Helps Us Ponder

When we were in college, we used to feel kind of slutty compared to most of our friends who, being mostly Jewish, had not grown up Catholic and thinking that sex before marriage was a Mortal Sin. We thought we would learn a little more about this discrepancy in a Slate story today about sex and religion, but, as it turned out, the piece was actually less about sex and religion and more about a book called Forbidden Fruit by Mark Regnerus (not to be confused with the batshit conservative publishing imprint Regnery). Anyway, the book's conclusions — Evangelical teens are way sluttier than we ever were in high school, Asian Christians are definitely big prudes, and Catholics are sluttier than Jews, but Jews have a better time in bed — kind of left us wanting more, and so we decided instead to poll 50% of the people on our buddy list to get more answers about the sex differences between the believers...

Me: yo. anonymous question: how old were you when lost virginity...
Jew: 16
Jew: i purposely waited so that i would be able to say 16 when asked later in life
Me: hahah
Me: i was going to wait till marriage
Jew: my bf and i definitely exhausted all the possibilities of everything but during my 15th year. except the anal ones. i wasn't that girl. [REDACTED] was though.
Me: and then this one night i just got really drunk
Jew: when you were 12, right?

Me: age at which you lost virginity; ? i'm doing jews/gentiles
Gentile: ha, is this anonymous?
Me: yes
Gentile: 8
Me: oh no.. babysitter?
Me: or coach?
Gentile: did i say 8?
Gentile: i meant 10
Gentile: you got quiet!
Gentile: does priest abuse make you uncomfortable or something?


Me: hey you, anonymously: how old did you lose virginity?
Me: it's a poll
Jew: HA
Jew: i'm trying to remember! ha
Jew: i know it was in college
Jew: 19? 20?

Me: hey! question. anonymous. what age did you lose virginity and are you christian/jew/or what?
Jew: I am a jew, I lost my virginity at 18
Me: man we are all so normal
Me: in a nerdy way
Jew: well... my best friend here is a jew and she lost it at 22, and then her best friend is catholic and lost it at 21...
Me: oh man!
Jew: and then in high school
Jew: most girls lost it when they were 15 or 16, and one of my best friends (christian) lost it at 14
Me: christian sluts!

Gentile: 16
Gentile:: and I dated him until 3 years ago!
Me: no WAY.
Me: i am asking about you..
Gentile: I'm gentile
Gentile:: but I do believe you are the first person ever to ask!

Me: age at which you lost virginity: anonymous focus group
Me: also: are you catholic?
Gentile:: 18 and yes!
Gentile:: well RAISED catholic

Me: age at which you lost virginity:
Me: anonymous!
Jew: 17
Jew: not post-prom, though
Jew: it was in the girl's older sister's bed because the WATER BED she usually slept on was broken

Me: age at which you lost virginity: ?
Gentile: 25
Me: well that explains it

Jew: i was old!
Jew: i was in college!
Me: i was in college too JUDGER..
Jew: ha ok then i feel better
Jew: i feel like college is normal!
Jew: i can't imagine having had sex in high school
Me: what AGE tho
Jew: i was 20?

Me: how old did you lose Virginity? not for attribution.
Half/half: 16
Half/half: on easter sunday

Me: age at which you lost V....
Gentile: 17
Me: anonymous polll
Gentile: is that late? i got period on the old side
Me: me too! i was 14
Gentile: 15
Gentile: it's because we're irish
Gentile: that's what my mom told me
Gentile: she said that italians get theirs early

So, to sum up:
Average Age of Virginity Loss Among Jews: 17.75
Average Age of Virginity Loss Among Gentiles: 17.17

Wow, this means we weren't sluttier than anyone else when we were younger! In fact, we're beginning to think that we probably thought we were sluts back in college because we had slept with, like, five guys when everyone else had slept with 2.5. But sex partners don't multiply exponentially over time, even for swingers and whores. And eventually, as with dieting, you get sick of the yo-yo maybe.

Even Evangelical Teens Do It [Slate]