Here is an article from CNN today…
Why is this article important? Well, it shows that abstinence is not the same as chastity. (I will reiterate – the characters in Twilight may abstain from intercourse until marriage, but they are not chaste.)
The young woman in this article may not have engaged in sexual intercourse, but she obviously has no concept of chastity and the respect owed to the human person.
(CNN) — Is a woman’s virginity worth $3.8 million? That’s how much Natalie Dylan, a 22-year-old from San Diego, California, said she has been offered through an auction she announced in September.
Natalie Dylan, 22, said she has put her virginity up for auction through the Moonlite Bunny Ranch.
Her private auction through the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Nevada has given her lots of “business opportunities,” she said. (This is cold, calculated and inhuman. She views a sexual encounter as a business opportunity.)
Her top bid comes from a 39-year-old Australian, but she has no immediate plans to settle the auction, she said in a recent interview with CNN.
Some men may seek virgins because they want them as trophies, or desire purity. But as to why men would bid so much money on virginity, she said she has no answer.
“I honestly don’t know what they see in it,” she said.
If you think Dylan’s auction amounts to prostitution, she completely agrees. She also said she’s not breaking any laws — after all, prostitution in Nevada is legal.
“I feel people should be pro-choice with their body, and I’m not hurting anyone,” (You are hurting yourself – you are making yourself an object for purchase. You are encouraging a warped view of women and allowing men with that warped view to be permitted to “profit” by it.) she said. “It really comes down to a moral and religious argument, and this doesn’t go against my religion or my morals. There’s no right or wrong to this.” (Yes – there is a right and a wrong. You are wrong. You don’t have to believe in God in order to make Him exist. He exists. And – you don’t have to believe in God to have been created by Him. You are a creature – and you are defiling your own dignity as a child of God and spurning your Creator.)
The idea that virginity has a high value harkens back to the days of early humans (oh… here we go. We have to make something up if we can’t accept the fact that there is truth and falsehood when it comes to sexuality and right and wrong regarding what we do with our bodies) — if a man has sex with a virgin woman, he knows for sure that her children will be his, anthropologists reason (What anthropologists? How do they reason that?). In early civilizations, women were also considered the property of men, said Laura Carpenter, assistant professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. (In early civilizations women were considered property of men? Now, I guess, we are really liberated so we…. sell ourselves?!)
In America, women were expected to remain virgins until marriage (Look at the use of the words “were expected”, ladies. That is written in a way to make you think that virginity is an imposition – a expectation of forces outside of yourself that you must comply with. NO. NO. NO! Virginity is a consequence of your own self-respect. Virginity until marriage [or perpetual virginity if you are invited by Christ to be His Bride] is a demand you should make of yourself out of a concern for your own dignity and purity of heart.) through the 1950s, Carpenter said. But with the availability of the pill and the IUD in the 1960s, combined with youth counterculture and gay rights movements, it became more common for women to engage in premarital sex, she said. (Look at how liberated and powerful we are! We can agree to be used. She forgot to mention abortion. When the birth control fails, we can then be pressured into killing the child in our womb, too. Wow! Sexual “liberation” is so… uh… good for…. women?????)
Attitudes shifted toward the conservative side in the 1980s with the worldwide HIV/AIDS pandemic, which made the stakes much higher for choosing a sex partner (Good grief. I guess giving yourself to someone totally is simply not high enough stakes as it is… see why sex belongs in marriage and cannot be willfully separated from babies? And why oh why are they not speaking about the emotional stakes involved?), especially for men. Abstinence-based education programs also took off around that time, with government support, she said. (Interesting… so if we teach people the truth, their attitudes might change….)
Today, about 95 percent of Americans have sex before they’re 25, Carpenter said….” (That’s not a problem if you are married at 22. How about giving the statistics on marital vs. premarital sexual intercourse…)
You can read the rest of the article here.
This is just to remind you: by the grace of God, you can stay pure. You can remain above the fray. You do not need to allow yourself to become an object of use – whether it be through sexual intercourse or just “making out”. Any man worth your love will be willing to wait. He will protect you…