Quick hit: Sex without condoms is the new engagement ring?

Via NPR’s “What’s the New What?” according to Youth Radio, sex without condoms shows a longer term commitment for youth, as opposed to a walk down the aisle.
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My immediate response is of course, “oh HELL no,” but I get what they are saying and I respect that. I just want to hear what some young women have to say about it. And how many of these non-condom=commitment situations work out. I do think this is one of those work arounds to heteronormativity. Youth these days and especially working class youth of color don’t benefit from straight privilege the way middle class Americans do, so new symbolism replaces old types. And I of course don’t think you have to get married to have a baby. But is it as symbolic for young women?

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