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Purity Culture Doesn’t Prepare Teens for Healthy Sexual Exploration

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.

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.

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Just Sign No: More Evidence Virginity Pledges Don’t Work

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.

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.

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How to Bring the Virgin Mary Into Your (Sex) Life

There’s a lot to laugh about in the Catholic sex prayer, but there’s also something serious here.

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Sexual Health Ignorance Comes From Above

How long is sex education going to be marginalized, hindered, or just ignored?

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Want Extra Credit? Submit to Guilt, Shame and Misinformation

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.

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Teens Take Virginity Pledges – And Then Have Sex?

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.

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Virginity Pledges Fail Says Johns Hopkins Study

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?

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VIDEO: GOP Conventioneers Reaction to Palin Pregnancy

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.

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President’s Veto Kills Dems’ Ab-Only Fix

In one fell swoop, President Bush tells children he won’t ensure they receive health care – but he will make sure they’re at risk for sexually transmitted infections as a result of the abstinence-only programs his administration will continue to fund.

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