Despite the easing of taboos and the rise of hookup apps, Americans are in the midst of a sex recession. New cases of HIV are at an all-time low. Most women can—at last—get birth control for free, and the morning-after pill without a prescription. If hookups are your thing, Grindr and Tinder offer the prospect of casual sex within the hour. BDSM plays at the local multiplex—but why bother going?
J ohn and Dan met online when John was 19 and Dan was They were together for a year before life intervened; when, two years later, they bumped into each other again, the attraction was stronger than ever. They knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, and announced to their respective parents that they would be entering into a civil partnership. The response was immediate: they were 21 and 23 — way too young. And Dan sat his mum down, who was also 21 when she got married.
He was sweet and inquisitive, and she was funny and a little shy. They each asked me questions, while he held her hand between their beers. I immediately liked that he was openly affectionate toward her, while at the same time trying to learn more about me. I was hoping to be their unicorn. Simple adjustments to my online dating profiles opened the gate for messages from couples—and a rush of options.
A woman who missed out on her dream home in San Diego has been convicted of stalking the young family who outbid her. But Ms. Rowe snapped when she lost out on the house.