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Virginity Pledgers Often Dishonest About Their Past

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Posted on Jun 5, 2006

Yet more evidence that the abstinence-until-marriage crowd is deluding itself into believing that virginity pledges have any real value.


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Teenagers who take pledges to remain virgins until marriage are likely to deny having taken the pledge if they later become sexually active. Conversely, those who were sexual active before taking the pledge frequency deny their sexual history, according to new study findings.

These findings imply that virginity pledgers often provide unreliable data, making assessment of abstinence-based sex education programs unreliable. In addition, these teens may also underestimate their risk of exposure to sexually transmitted diseases.

“Teenagers do not report their past sexual activity accurately, with virginity pledgers giving more inaccurate reports of their past sexual activity,” study author Janet Rosenbaum, of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, told Reuters Health.

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By illegimati, June 5, 2006 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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Daddy’s little girls (and boys) being little hypocrites to “fit in”? How charming.

Now, there’s a traditional value shared with the Religious Right and its morality-mongering political lackeys.

Sorry, folks, unless you really forgot what it’s like to deal with raging adolescent hormones, don’t be surprised that abstinence pledgers are many times more likely to engage in unprotected oral and anal sex than their peers. Puts a whole new twist on “thinking outside the box”, doesn’t it?

Why is it that most Europeans have a much healthier, human approach to sexuality among their youth? Hmmmm.

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