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Virginity Pledges Are Not a Marker for Less Sexual Activity

This study compares the sexual activity of adolescent virginity pledgers with matched nonpledgers by using more robust methods than past research. Research was conducted by Janet Elise Rosenbaum, PhD., and published this month in Pediatrics.

What Ms. Rosenbaum made was to compare 289 teenagers who had taken virginity pledges with 645 teens who did not taken such pledges but were otherwise similar in religiosity, attitudes towards sex, marriage expectations, and other factors.

While ago we wrote a Spanish post where we confronted this issue from our particular and cultural angle. There we stated that, not matter what schools, churches or families do, they've already learned "sex is not only to procreate, is to try, learn and enjoy it."

According to the cited study, teenagers who took virginity pledges had sex at around the same age, and had the same number of sexual partners, as demographically similar teens who did not take such pledges.

However, those who pledged to remain sexually abstinent until marriage were less likely than their nonpledging counterparts to use birth control and condoms, points out the report's author, J. Rosenbaum, a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore.

Even when we try to hold our beliefs and make commitments, mother nature disrupts any of these human and cultural aspirations.

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