Typical liberal hogwash: virginity is "unrealistic" so get "rid" of it altogether as it does more "harm" than good for women so why even bother trying. In a sex-dominated culture like this one, partisan rhetoric like this is easy to grasp--why make your own choices regarding sex when you can just grab a condom and have sex like "everybody" else is--you're going to do it anyway, right? Wrong. And the stats/facts continue to prove it. Then too doesn't telling women that they can't abstain from sex kinda defeat the whole "women should be allowed to say and do what they want with their bodies" movement within the Left? Just saying.Most people do spring cleaning to get rid of unwanted items and to perhaps start fresh. The Washington Post recently compiled a spring cleaning list of “Twelve Things the World Should Toss Out.” But instead of suggesting getting rid of old clothes or unused exercise equipment, blogger Jessica Valenti actually advocated that virginity should be headed for the dump.
Valenti, who is the author of “The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women,” first complained that there is no set definition of “virginity.” She went on to criticize efforts to remain abstinent until marriage, writing, “Promise rings, virginity pledges and other efforts to enforce chastity aren't just backward -- they're a failure, and they may even endanger teenagers.”She complained that teenagers who sign abstinence pledges are more likely to engage in unprotected sex, as well as anal and oral sex. Yet, according in to the National Abstinence Education Association, just 33 percent of young adults who take the pledge initiate sexual intercourse. This is compared to 42.4 percent of young adults who don’t take the pledge.But Valenti disregarded the statistics and made it appear that teenagers simply aren’t capable of waiting to have sexual intercourse. She pushed against abstinence education and wrote, “These are the predictable results of telling teenagers that sex is wrong and that the only pure thing to do is wait. A teenager who takes these messages to heart won't in good conscience keep condoms -- much better to get ‘carried away’ than to plan for an impure act. He or she may, however, look for loopholes, often dangerous ones.”What Valenti failed to note is that more teenagers are actually waiting to have sex. According to the Family Research Council, in 1991, 51 percent of teenagers had sex. But by 2003, the number had dropped to 47 percent.