SEX AND THE COLLEGE GIRL by Gael Greene

SEX AND THE COLLEGE GIRL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sex- and- and- and- on and on, this time ""a journalistic report"" (Gael Greene wrote Don't Come Back Without It- Simon & Schuster-1960) based on some 102 colleges, and 614 students who were Kinseyed but not tabulated (impossible) through conversations, debates, and confidences. For the mothers who wonder whether their darling daughter is saying yes, the chances are about 50-50 and this is the closest to a statistic which emerges here. On the other hand, there's a lot of non-exploitive but superficially revelatory material on the cool co-eds who avoid the word morality but place a definite value on themselves, who do not consider that virginity per se is a virtue but on the other hand do not condone promiscuity. From north to south (where they are still more apt to cling to chastity), from campus to campus, this surveys attitudes, influences (Bertrand Russell, Durrell, etc. etc.) restrictive factors (fear and religion), birth control, babies and abortions, in the new acceptance world which still generally prohibits sex without love. And as against Miss Blanding's unrealistic pronunciamento, Miss Greene rightly says that ""parents and educators will never bridge the chasm between generations until they have the courage to admit there can be good sex outside of marriage"". A good bibliography and lots of supportive material-from Riesman and Boroff, Max Lerner and Ashley Montagu down to the popular periodical literature. Definitely for this peer group, and possibly their monitors.

Publisher: Dial