THE SEXUAL REGULATION FUNCTIONS HAVE DIMINISHED.
Although most sexual intercourse is still marital, the proportion has probably fallen below the 90 percent figure claimed by Kinsey in 1948 [p. 588). Research studies show no great change in premarital sexual behavior between 1948 and 1965, but after 1965 females began catching up (or down?) to the male figure of about four out of five being sexually experienced before marriage [Zelnik and Kantner, 1978]. A research study finds well over 90 percent ot college students approving of sexual intercourse among persons who are engaged, in love, OJ' with "strong affection," while over two-thirds even approve of intercourse among those who are "not particularly affectionate" [Perlman, 1971]. Many other studies [Schmidt and Sigursch, 1972; Hunt, 1974; Yankelovich, 1977; Zelnik and Kantner, 1978] point to the same conclusion: virgin marriage has become relatively uncommon and may virtually disappear in the near future. Whether this is a "sexual revolution" as some scholars proclaim (Skolnik, 1973, pp. 410-413J or whether it is only another of many historical swings between permissiveness and restrictiveness [Hindus, 1971; Shorter, 1971) is not yet apparent.