News | Topic: Abstinence

Have We Made An Idol Out Of Sexual Purity?

Our purity is not simply a product of the status of our physical bodies—but more so, it’s the condition of our souls, souls that are meant to be completely, utterly and only intertwined with the person of Jesus Christ. Read the full article here.

Sexual Abstinence And ‘Purity Culture’ Are Often Conflated But Aren’t The Same, Tim Keller Explains

What’s often referred to as “purity culture” is not the same thing as remaining sexually abstinent outside of marriage, though many conflate the two, according to Tim Keller, founder and former pastor of Redeemer Church in New York City. Read the article here.

As Colorado Moves To Bar Abstinence-Only Sex Education, Teenagers Take The Lead

While sex education classes are not mandatory in Colorado, proposed legislation that is widely expected to pass would bar the state’s public and charter schools from abstinence-only education. Read the article here.

Should Sex Ed Teach Abstinence? Most Americans Say Yes

The role of sex education is as important as ever, but the debate among American adults about the right approach to sex education—particularly between teaching safe-sex vs. abstinence—has been ongoing. Read the article and research from The Barna Group here.

Most U.S. Teens Aren’t ‘Doing It’

Sex is everywhere in the media, and so you may be convinced that today’s teens are always looking to “hook-up.” But new federal research says it’s just not so. Read the article here.

The Netherlands Makes A Case for Sex Ed Starting in Kindergarten

In the Netherlands, sex education (referred to as “sexuality education”) starts as young as four years old in an effort to give young people the best possible information about sex and healthy relationships. And it’s paying off: the Netherlands has one of the lowest teen pregnancy rates in the world, five times lower than the U.S. (which does not require mandatory comprehensive sex education in all states).

Read the article here.

Giving Chastity a Chance in the College Hookup Culture

Despite what most college students think, over 25% of college students are not participating in the hook up culture.

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News Site “Fusion” Introduces Series on Virginity Pledges

Fusion has started a series called “The Pledge” featuring essays written by young people who took a virginity pledges. The series highlights the different journeys and perspectives of these people as they grew up with this pledge.

Read the essays here.

Why Aren’t Millennials Having Sex Anymore?

The number of college students claiming they’ve never had sex is nearly 40 percent. Only five years ago, a 25-year, “exhaustive” study found that college students who say they’re virgins made up only 13 percent. What has changed? Read the take from Relevant Magazine here.

Studies Show Teens Having Less Sex Than Previous Generations

The overall rate of teens having sex has steadily decreased from 1988, and the Centers for Disease Control is attributing it to a teaching method based on abstinence and contraceptives.

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Russell Wilson, Ciara, and Who Else is Not Having Sex

Russell Wilson and girlfriend Ciara made headlines when they announced they were practicing abstinence, but the current trend among young people is actually a significant decrease in early sexual activity, despite the considered norm. Read the full article here.

Abstinence-Only Education Overlooks Stark Realities

Curriculums promoting only abstinence, without comprehensive lessons around safe sex practices, often ignore the reality that many teens experiment with sex before they graduate high school. Read the full article here.

A New Documentary About Christian “Purity Culture” Debuts on Vimeo

A new documentary now streaming on Vimeo discusses “purity culture” through interviews and testimonies from pastors, researchers, and those who grew up under these ideals. Read the article here and watch the full documentary here.

The End of Purity Culture

3 truths to replace false assumptions we learned from the youth group, from Relevant magazine. Read the article here.

Opinion: What Teens Have to Know About Sex

President and executive director of Advocates for Youth examines what teens need to learn about sex and the gaps that exist without a holistic education. Read the article here.

John Oliver Takes On America’s Disastrous Approach To Sex Education

On his show, Last Week Tonight, John Oliver explains why he believes sex education in America has some big problems. Read the article here.

CDC Announces Abstinence is Best Method for Avoiding STDs

The CDC recently changed their official statement regarding abstinence from “a reliable way” to “the most reliable way.” Read the article here.

The Real Truth About Sex: What We’re Not Telling Our Kids

We’re a culture obsessed with parenthood, or “parenting,” as we like to call it, but when it comes to the hazards of sex, our approach falls somewhere between passivity and paralysis.

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1 in 4 Harvard Grads Didn’t Have Sex in College

A year-end survey by The Harvard Crimson takes a closer look at how sexually active the Class of 2015 was during their undergrad years.

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Number of NYC Teens Having Sex is at an All-Time Low

More Big Apple high school students than ever say they are abstaining from sex, a health poll reveals.

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