Sexuality in the United States

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Attitudes towards sexuality in the United States has had an assorted approach depending on both the region in the country and the specific time period.

The United States during the early modern period has a reputation for sexual impermissiveness, partyly due to influence from the Puritans. During the Victorian era romance was increasingly viewed as a key component of sexuality.[1] The 1960s are often viewed as the period wherein the US underwent a substantial change in perception of sexual norms, with a substantial increase in extramarital relations.[2] The 21st century saw increaingly permissive attitudes towards homosexuality.[3] One survey has found that millennials, on average, have sex less frequently than previous generations.[4] According to OKCupid, Portland, Oregon is the most promiscuous city in the United States.[5]


  1. ^ "The Puritans really loved having sex". 21 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Spielvogel, Jackson (2016). Western Civilization: Volume II: Since 1500. p. 897. 
  3. ^ Powell, David (2009). 21st-Century Gay Culture. p. 54. 
  4. ^ Post, Tara Bahrampour The Washington. "Americans are having less sex than they once did". 
  5. ^ "Top 10 most promiscuous cities in the U.S". 6 December 2011. 
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