Recently, a Nevada based abstinence group launched a blog. I’m definitely not the intended audience, but even so, I can say pretty confidently that the posts on Worth the Wait, weren’t.
The site uses terms like "screenager" to describe media saturated youth and tells teens, "Maybe you’ve already given your virginity away and it’s impossible for you to be a virgin on your wedding night. Don’t trip…there’s hope for you, too."
I don’t know about you, but to me, that sounds more than a little forced.
The choice of language isn’t the only thing that rings false. A post titled Carson High School Students Thrilled by Abstinence Message didn’t convince me that the summer school students in question were indeed "thrilled" to be told to wait to have sex until marriage, instead of say, lounging at the beach.
I was also wary of the fact that I just didn’t understand some of what the site was saying! I tried to follow the advice under the title, "Renewed Virginity: Everyday can be a do-over day, but how do you start over?
First teens are told, "When they have thoughts of starting over [many people think] ‘I’ve already done it, what good does it do to stop?’ But don’t let such negative thinking influence your actions." Later in the same post teens are admonished, "Just because you have already done it, doesn’t mean that you are now immune to the consequences. IF you are sexually active, and have been fortunate enough to avoid certain consequences such as pregnancy or an STD, don’t think that you are in the clear."
Seems to contradict the idea that every day can be a "do-over," doesn’t it?
Maybe this blog just hasn’t hit its stride, but I have a feeling that even if it does, I won’t be bookmarking it. Even if you’re a fan of abstinence-only programs, I’d hedge a bet that it won’t be topping your must read list either.
But that’s just my opinion. Check out the site and let me know yours!