Carol Platt Liebau: Chastity Rings

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Chastity Rings

Here is an interesting piece from The New York Times about the growing popularity of chastity rings, symbolizing their wearers' commitment to abstain from sex until marriage.

The commitment is a good and praiseworthy one. It does seem to be a shame that everyone has gotten so used to talking about sex all the time that it's deemed necessary for virgins to make a public statement about their status -- but if it prevents the heartache, and the emotional, psychological and even physical damage that can result from giving too much too soon, well, then I'm all for it.

Someday, I'd love to meet the people who oppose abstinence education for teenagers (no, not instead of education about basic sexual facts, but certainly as the recommended course of action, and absolutely instead of the glorification and validation of premarital and underage sex). Do they really think that teen sex is a good thing that's worth fighting for?

3 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Carol wrote, "Someday, I'd love to meet the people who oppose abstinence education for teenagers (no, not instead of education about basic sexual facts, but certainly as the recommended course of action, and absolutely instead of the glorification and validation of premarital and underage sex)"

By your parenthetical remark, is it safe to assume that ou do not favor "abstinence only" sex education?

10:29 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Who does favor "abstinance only" sex education?

I may be showing my age here. But when I went to school decades ago, sex education was a matter-of-fact education regarding anatomy and function. Sure, there were the sheepish grins and giggles. But no moral position was advocated.

Given the sexual promiscuity that is prevalent today, however, it may be necessary to advocate abstinence along with the teaching of anatomy and function. Today's social environment simply requires it.

7:47 AM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Greg asked, "Who does favor 'abstinance only' sex education?"

The Bush administration and the Republican congress among others.

3:21 PM  

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