IC in the Media, ICView 09_4, Rebecca Plante

After interviewing seven college-age women in its July 2009 issue about why they remain virgins, Cosmopolitan magazine quoted Rebecca Plante, an associate professor of sociology who has studied the sexual habits of college students. “People tend to assume that these women are waiting for religious or moral reasons or they are prudes or they have sexual hang-ups,” said Plante. “But often, it’s that they haven’t met the right guy. They want their first time to be special, plus they’re worried about STDs and pregnancy, so they want to be with someone they trust.”