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Most Youths Break Abstinence Pledges

Posted on May 10, 2006
EPurity Ball

A scene from a “Purity Ball”—a dance in which fathers goad their daughters into pledging to remain virgins until marriage. The majority of such pledges, according to a recent Harvard study, don’t last a year.

A Harvard study further confirms that abstinence pledges are basically bunk.

Want to dig deeper? Check out Purity Balls.

S.F. Chronicle:

BOSTON ? Virginity pledges, in which young people vow to abstain from sex until marriage, have little staying power among those who take them, a Harvard study has found.

More than half of the adolescents who make the signed public promises give up on their pledges within a year, according to the study released last week.

The findings have raised the ire of Concerned Women for America, a prominent conservative organization that advocates adolescent sexual abstinence.

“The Harvard report is wrong,” said Janice Crouse, a fellow at a Concerned Women for America think tank.



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By Amy McMullen, May 11, 2006 at 7:01 am Link to this comment
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Yeah, but don’t they look like they are having such FUN at the Purity Ball?

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By R. A. Earl, May 10, 2006 at 7:26 pm Link to this comment
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It’s long been general knowledge to everyone, it seems, except the air-heads who populate such organizations as “Concerned Women for America,” that ABSTINENCE IS THE ONLY TRUE PERVERSION. This is about as bright as requiring birds not to fly or cats not to chase mice.

I wish Truthdig would ignore such groups and their ignorant trivialities. Clearly “Concerned Women” et al, will not allow logic, reason and FACTS to interfere with their anal-retentive PREJUDICES, but why must the rest of us be subjected to such stupidity? Perhaps if we all just ignore them they will just fade away… like a bad smell in the house after boiling broccoli.

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