Wednesday, January 28, 2015

That Horizontal Mambo Before the First Dance

Dear Korean,

Is it acceptable for Korean people that a girl has sexual activities before she gets married?

Karina Z.

Short answer: yes.


In a 2012 survey with young single Koreans, 82.9 percent of men and 66.3 percent of women considered virginity before marriage unnecessary. This represents a massive sea change: in a 1982 survey, 78 percent of women college students said one must keep virginity before marrying. 

The 1982 survey, with the sample consisting of students from Seoul National, Yonsei, Korea and Ewha Universities, is a story in itself. Only 3 percent of women college students had any sexual experience. Only 20 percent of the young women ever kissed. (The same number for male students is 33 percent and 60 percent, respectively.) Only 50 percent of the men said they would marry a woman who had sex previous to marriage; only 10 percent of the women said they would marry a man who had sex previous to marriage. Only 28.9 percent of all respondents said it would be ok to have sex after being engaged to be married--which is somehow a huge jump from only a year previous. In 1981, only 7.4 percent of the respondents said it would be acceptable to have sex after having been engaged.

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  1. Haha, just the title itself made this worth reading. Here's to more interesting titles and to an even more interesting content(s). Keep up the good work TK!

  2. If marriage means lifetime partners, then if you're being serious about your significant one, it is safe and even neccessary to try it out before you get married. Once you and your significant other find out you don't want each other as sex partners, after marriage it's already too late. Divorce is much more complicated of a process than splitting up.

    Still many people think it's unacceptable to live with your partner before you two got married. I think that's absurd, how else do I know if we're compatible and matching if we don't try convivence first? If I'm choosing a man to be with me for the rest of our lives, I wanna make sure I made the right choice.

  3. I love the way you write and share your niche! Very interesting and different! Keep it coming!


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