Virgins more likely to not get divorced, but good luck finding one

For a long ass time, religious men have been telling women to remain virgins until marriage, and a lot of women have responded by gleefully getting laid before the big day. Now trying to find a virgin to wed is more elusive than finding rare Pokemon, but apparently those virgins are worth catching. At least that's according to a study helmed by people whose goal is to keep traditional families alive. 

A study from The Institute for Family Studies said that women who were virgins when they married are less likely to divorce. It stated that virgin brides were least likely to divorce after five years than women who had played hide the salami with two or more men before marriage. The study also said that women who had premarital sex, whether with two men or ten, were likely to get the ax no matter what their magic number was. The study was conducted by Professor Nicholas H. Wolfinger from the University of Utah, and he analyzed three sets of data from the CDC’s National Survey of Family Growth.

The Christian Post asked why there was no difference between women who had premarital sex with two men versus ten, and Wolfinger said he couldn’t give a scientific explanation. But he believed having sex with multiple people gave women experience that there were sexual alternatives out there. Apparently that knowledge was equivalent to Eve biting the apple.

This study brought a slew of right-wingers to urge women to save themselves before marriage, but The Daily Beast pointed out how stupid that was. After all, only 5% of women keep their flower intact before marriage, so that leaves a hell of a lot more women who can’t do anything with the study’s results, even if they wanted to.

The study said that society’s progressive attitudes towards premarital sex were partly to blame for the scarcity of virgins. Wolfinger said to The Christian Post, “Earlier research found that having multiple sex partners prior to marriage could lead to less happy marriages, and often increased the odds of divorce. But sexual attitudes and behaviors continue to change in America, and some of the strongest predictors of divorce in years gone by no longer matter as much as they once did.”

To Wolfinger, Americans have become more accepting of sex outside of marriage, and in this modern hook up culture, men don’t expect women to be virgins anymore. But for those unicorns, women with little to no sexual experience, Wolfinger said they chose to not hook up without a ring because religion plays a huge factor in their lives. 

“These findings make sense in light of the fact that people who attend church frequently have lower divorce rates than do non-participants," Wolfinger said.