Monday, June 05, 2006

Virginity Pledges Again

Back in April, we had lots of fun discussing the eeewwwwww factor involved in Purity Balls, where little girls are coerced into pledging to their fathers that they will remain virgins until their fathers hand their hymens to a husband.

Now, I'm shocked to learn
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.
Who would have ever thought that girls pressured into making pledges they don't really understand would wind up a little confused about sexual mores? It looks like we'd better slap some chastity belts on those little tarts if we want to live in those good old days . . .


Anonymous dolphin said...

It's been awhile, so I won't quote the stats because I don't remember them exactly, but those who sign those pledges are also far MORE likely to have other kinds of sex (oral for example) than those who do not sign the pledges.

6/05/2006 10:59 AM  

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