I had a strict upbringing and wasn’t allowed a boyfriend until I was 18. My parents, who are originally from China, said if a woman has sex outside marriage she is cheap, and a good man wouldn’t expect her to anyway.
40-year-old, one sex partner:
I lost my virginity to Gary when I was 23. I’d had a strict Catholic upbringing, so I was quite prudish – when you’re raised like that it’s imprinted on you for life.
34-year-old woman, 5 sex partners:
My parents were traditional in their views. I went to a girls’ boarding school and there was no peer pressure.
“31-year-old” with 50 sex partners:
I’m very fortunate that I grew up in a loving family and could talk openly about sex with my parents (…) We had basic sex-education at school and I understood the importance of practising safe sex.