The Sexes: The Embarrassed Virgins

I don't even have a boy friend. But I had myself fitted for a diaphragm. I had to feel that in some way I was part of it all.

With this confession, an unhappy 17-year-old college freshman recently tried to express to M.I.T. Psychotherapist Thomas Cottle her confusion about contemporary sexual mores. It is becoming increasingly apparent that she is not unique. In fact, Cottle says, the "new morality," far from being univer sally liberating, has been causing some young people "a special sort of insecurity and hurt." Some are worried that there must be something wrong with them because they have...

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