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Virginity Pledge? What Virginity Pledge?

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

Although the virginity pledge was connected with delay of some sexual practices overall, researchers attribute much of that result to the pledgers’ religious and conservative upbringing.

A new study looking at virginity pledges—promises made by teenagers to wait until marriage for sex—has found that such promises largely fell flaccid, as sexual behavior of pledged teens was little different than non-pledgers, and that, hilariously, a whopping 82 percent, five years later, had either forgotten or denied taking the pledge.


As many as one in eight teens in the United States may take a virginity pledge at some point, vowing to wait until they’re married before having sex. But do such pledges work? Are pledge takers more likely than other teens to delay sexual activity?

A new study suggests that the answer is no. While teens who take virginity pledges do delay sexual activity until an average age of 21 (compared to about age 17 for the average American teen), the reason for the delay is more likely due to pledge takers’ religious background and conservative views—not the pledge itself.

According to a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, pledge takers are as likely to have sex before marriage as other teens who are also religious, but don’t take the pledge. However, pledge takers are less likely than other religious or conservative teens to use condoms or birth control when they do start having sex.

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By JFoster2k, January 2, 2009 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment

I never trusted the Abstinance Only programs. This report simply validates my pessimism.

You see, Christian kids are expected to not engage in premarital sex because it is a “sin.” However, they also know that all they need to do is pray for forgivness afterward and magically they are off the hook with God (it’s like jailing criminals, but only until they say they are sorry). How absurd!

The bigger problem with these programs is that since the kids are simply expected to not have sex because they promised they wouldn’t, they won’t have condoms with them when they “sin.”

In my opinion, the religious right is perpetuating a serious health problem because they refuse to recognize the facts. All Teens Have Sex (or desperately want to). We are genetically designed to have rampant hormonal shifts during puberty. Denying that is as ridiculous as denying global warming or evolution…

Wait! What?... oh nevermind.

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By purplewolf, January 2, 2009 at 10:32 am Link to this comment

Dr. Knowitall, PhD,PhD:

The male version of the cherry would be the banana-kumquat hybrid. As for hiding the sprout, pruning shears work the best to keep it under control. That is why it is sometimes referred to as a “Bush”.

Yes, this virginity thing can be troublesome. As in the movie, “Addams Family Values” when Fester got married to the serial killer, when he asked about having sex, Debbie, the bride/killer snapped back and asked if he had ever had sex before and he said no, so she said to him, how do you know we are not having sex right now it and just he appeared dumbfounded and said nothing else.

Besides, when 2 virgins-can you call a male a virgin?, first engage in that activity, it must be a big let down, leaving they to wonder what all the hoopla is about when both are inexperienced. The most repeated line in history after having sex for the first time is, “Is that it?” My grandmother, in the 70’s when the sexual revolution was popular, said that a lot of people are going to be highly disappointed when they get married, as sex plays such a small part in the whole relationship of marriage.

Another thing, what if one is hypnotized to think they are a virgin when they no longer are, and they truly believe they still are a virgin, does this make it so?

Now onto the other article about virginity pledges on TD.

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By grousefeather, January 2, 2009 at 9:19 am Link to this comment
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The notion that virginity is a virtue is absurd.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, January 2, 2009 at 6:23 am Link to this comment


I’m so sorry for your misfortune.  I’m lucky I never had a cherry.  BTW, just what is the male equivalent of the female cherry?  Prune, perhaps?

The one thing I’m in therapy about now is, I’m searching for the answer to the question “why is it that a liberal would go to such lengths to save his virginity?”  It just doesn’t add up. I mean, the only thing now left for a die-hard conservative to save is something sexual.  Why am I so protective of my virginity?  First of all, my sense of reason tells me it probably hasn’t been worth the angst.  Then, there’s the built-in cognative dissonance.  And, what is so valuable about your virginity.  Or, what’s so damned important about the first time?  Could you go ahead and have the first sex and then, afterwards, deny you had it.  You actually could convince yourself of that, perhaps with a little outside help.  Then you’d be back to square one again.  I mean, kids do all kinds of things with their parts—as Bill Clinton did—and deny to themselves and the rest of the world that they “had sex.”  So it is possible. 

The problem is, it seems to me, are you lying to yourself or are you lying to the rest of the world?  This is a subject worthy of this great website’s consideration—TRUTHDIG.  Let’s get to the real truth.  WHEN IS SEX SEX?  WHAT IS A VIRGIN?  WHAT IS A LIE?  DOES TIME FIGURE IN?  THE MEMORY?  ONE’S PERCEPTION OF IT ALL?  “I don’t recall,” or “I don’t seem to have any recollection…”  This is it, purplewolf.  I think we’re on to something. 

Happy New Year to you, and I hope your cherry is none the worse for sprouting.  BTW, how do you hide that?  Or do you bother to try.  I mean, do people look the other way when they see you coming?  Isn’t that a hard way of life?  Boy, I thought I had a lot of problems.  That must be the pits. My best to you!

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By purplewolf, January 1, 2009 at 8:36 pm Link to this comment

I waited so long saving myself until the I married that my cherry sprouted!

Happy New Year.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, January 1, 2009 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment

I pledged back in 1946, when I was five years old, that I’d remain a virgin until I got married.  I’ve been married 8 times, going on 9, and, I’m very proud to say, I’m still a virgin. 

I’m writing a book about it. 

It’s a very compelling, riviting story.

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By AWUPFIELD, January 1, 2009 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment
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Probably on par with the number of people who forget their marriage vows within five years. Another non item that passes as news amongst the chattering classes.

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By christian96, January 1, 2009 at 10:53 am Link to this comment

Dont’ blame Christianity for what people do in the
name of Christianity!

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By Skruff, January 1, 2009 at 10:16 am Link to this comment
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“...and that, hilariously, a whopping 82 percent, five years later, had either forgotten or denied taking the pledge.”

Having taken in over 100 unwanted and unloved children over the years, “hilariously” would not be my choice of an adverb.

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By godistwaddle, January 1, 2009 at 10:00 am Link to this comment

Anyone thinking a christian would keep a vow or an oath hasn’t watched Bush, Hagee, Cheney, or any of the other purported “values” people.

christianity is a method of shearing the sheep while looking sincere.

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