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'My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding' Series Premiere: Teen Attitudes Toward Premarital Sex (VIDEO)

Posted: 04/30/2012 8:53 am Updated: 04/30/2012 9:20 am

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Teenage bride on "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding" Series Premiere:

On the series premiere of "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding" (Sun., 10 p.m. ET on TLC) viewers were given a glimpse into traditional Romany society and its rules governing marriage and morals.

As 17 year-old Romanichal Gypsy, and bride-to-be, Shyanne explained, girls like her are supposed to remain virgins until they're married, and sex ed is strictly off-limits.

"Romany girls aren't supposed to know anything about that until after they're married," she said.

Her fiance, 18 year-old Michael, was blunt in his atittude toward girls who have sex before marriage: " I want something new," he said. "I don't want something used."

Like its progenitor, smash hit British show "My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding," this new series has divided critics. The New York Times describes it as a "sideshow," but The New York Post says it's "fascinating."

"My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding" continues on Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.

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