“I could be screwed for the rest of my life.” Another boy said he did not want to have sex yet for fear of becoming a father before his time."And clearly:
"the American boys I interviewed seemed more nervous about the consequences of sex than American girls."Uhh - ya! And they have probably have some real-life experience to draw from as in today's divorce culture children rarely have contact with their biological fathers. So perhaps fear is behind rates of sexual initiation dropping from 60% to 42% since 1988.
But more importantly, this plays into the popular refrain about "Manning-Up" - the perpetual whine that boys are not evolving into marriageable men. But if "Romantic Boys" never overcome their "fear of sex" then women will have trouble gaining husbands. And men who aren't interested in marriage also have less incentive to be productive workers or responsible fathers (a report I read recently suggested married men earned 19% more than non-married* men. *As distinct to un-married but in a marriage-like relationship.).
A reason for "failure to launch" indeed is the lopsided, unfair way women denigrate men - pure and simple.