Abstinence is a spiritual practice, and it is a fine one, but all of us do not have to adopt such a practice in order to achieve spiritual enlightenment.
One Utah program makes students choose to promise to uphold several flawed statements on abstinence. I would love to believe that the students would be brave enough to challenge what’s written on the page, but just in case, I decided to explain why some of the most outrageous statements just don’t make sense.
Many self-identified evangelicals have ceremonially promised to stay virgins until marriage. But there are often few narratives available from adults who are now struggling with the purity vows they made as teenagers.
A new study confirms that virginity pledges don’t work—that is, unless the young person signing them already has a high level of religious commitment.
There’s a lot to laugh about in the Catholic sex prayer, but there’s also something serious here.
How long is sex education going to be marginalized, hindered, or just ignored?
My daughter could only get extra credit if she attended an abstinence-only-until-marriage program. And despite dozens of my phone calls, the school board doesn’t care.
A recent study of virginity pledgers suggests the movement is a means to reassure parents rather than actually influencing the choices teens make for themselves.
Shocking News! Yet another study finds that virginity pledges promoted by abstinence-only programs don’t work. How much longer will strapped taxpayers be forced to shell out $1.5 billion for programs that actually endanger teen health?
I think I’ve figured it out. The abstinence-only/virginity pledging until marriage/promising purity to your father crowd actually has no illusions that it won’t all turn out exactly the way it did with Bristol Palin.