Religious affiliation and residence in Muslim-majority nations influence sexual behavior

Oct 17, 2012

Hindus and Muslims are less likely than Christians and Jews to have premarital sex, and Muslims are the least likely among people of these religious groups to have extramarital sex, according to a new study that analyzed data on premarital and extramarital sexual behaviors in over 30 developing countries around the world.

Co-authored by Amy Adamczyk, an Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Brittany Hayes, a Ph.D. student in John Jay's Criminal Justice program, the study, "Religion and Sexual Behaviors: Understanding the Influence of Islamic Cultures and for Explaining Sex Outside of Marriage," appears in the October issue of the .

According to the researchers, Muslims' lower likelihood of premarital and extramarital sex is related to their commitment to, and community support for, strict religious tenants that only permit sex within marriage. Adamczyk and Hayes also found that national Islamic cultures influence the sexual behaviors of all residents, even people who do not identify themselves as Muslim. The authors posit that religion tends to have a more powerful effect than restrictions on women's movement in many .

"One of the most surprising findings was that affiliations have a real influence on people's sexual behaviors,"said Adamczyk. "Specifically, Muslim and Hindus are significantly less likely to report having had than Christians and Jews. One of the novelties of our study is our analysis of behaviors, rather than attitudes. While a lot of research attention has been given to understanding differences between the major world religions in adherents' attitudes, much less attention has been given to understanding differences based on behaviors."

The study was inspired by Adamczyk's earlier work where she observed the differences in HIV/AIDS infection rates between Christian- and Muslim-majority nations in which residents in Muslim-majority nations had lower infection rates than residents of Christian nations. Adamczyk and Hayes speculate that differences in sexual behaviors may help explain why people in Muslim-majority nations tend to have lower prevalence rates of HIV/AIDS than residents of other countries.

Adamczyk received her B.A. from Hunter College, City University of New York, and her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. Her interests focus on religion, deviance and crime, and health. Her research has been supported with grants from the Department of Homeland Security and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Hayes is currently working on a project focusing on how contextual factors influence victim–offender relationships in ideologically and non-ideologically motivated homicides.

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Sean_W
1.8 / 5 (5) Oct 17, 2012
Community support for strict religious tenants. Often in the form of canings. I can't wait until our cultural and political elite get a taste of life under Sharia. It will have made everything worthwhile.
Bookbinder
5 / 5 (3) Oct 17, 2012
So, have scientists discovered a link between anger and sexual frustration?
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.2 / 5 (20) Oct 17, 2012
"Muslims' lower likelihood of premarital and extramarital sex is related to their commitment to, and community support for, strict religious tenants that only permit sex within marriage."

-BECAUSE restricting women solely to making and raising babies, and providing a stable home environment for them to do so, is the BEST way to grow populations the fastest.

They are shrouded when in public and accompanied by males in order to discourage the attention and temptation of other males. Male appearance is standardized with full facial hair as well to minimize stress on the marital bond.

And if the woman should chance to stray she is killed.

This is not unique to moslems. It was and IS also the case among fundamentalist xians and orthodox jews. Same restrictions, same disguising and standardizing of features, same extreme punishment for transgressors.

And the Reason is always the same. They are best at outgrowing and overrunning the competition, which is how they have survived.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.3 / 5 (19) Oct 17, 2012
CONVERSELY, enabling women to pursue other interests, keeping them in school throughout their prime reproductive years, allowing them to shop for the best partner for each and every child they wish to bear, and giving them the ability to expend their desire to reproduce harmlessly with contraceptives, are the best ways of LIMITING population growth.

Is it any wonder that western cultures began promoting these alternatives at exactly the time when they no longer needed to produce large pops to support war and colonization?

The west effectively owned the world at the end of the world wars. They could begin to absorb the cream of third world peoples as those cultures were slowly decimated by war, famine, disease, and climate change, thereby enriching their own stock as it had always been done.

Both men and women were given the freedom to choose lifestyles and sexual activities which did not lead to conception. Homosexuality, onanism, and drug use became normal and were encouraged.
alfie_null
3.7 / 5 (3) Oct 18, 2012
Homosexuality, onanism, and drug use became normal and were encouraged.

Perhaps we could also blame "them" for the Internet. For instance, spending time composing lengthy missives in blogs could prove a huge diversion for some.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (16) Oct 18, 2012
Homosexuality, onanism, and drug use became normal and were encouraged.

Perhaps we could also blame "them" for the Internet. For instance, spending time composing lengthy missives in blogs could prove a huge diversion for some.
Better than making babies all the time eh?