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A recent study has found that Virginity Pledges are ineffective.

“Taking a pledge doesn’t seem to make any difference at all in any sexual behavior,” said Janet E. Rosenbaum of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, whose report appears in the January issue of the journal Pediatrics. “But it does seem to make a difference in condom use and other forms of birth control that is quite striking.”

Adolescents who take virginity pledges are indistinguishable from their peers in only one way – they are less likely to use protection against unintended pregnancy and STIs.

  1. #1 by Shane Smith on December 29, 2008 - 8:04 pm

    I disagree. Generally these pledges are the parents ideas, which means that adolescents who take virginity pledges are indistinguishable from their peers in two ways. First they are less likely to practice safe sex, and second, their parents are dumb as dirt….

  2. #2 by Shane Smith on December 29, 2008 - 8:05 pm

    Wait, that should be “distinguishable”, but i type faster than i think…. not hard to do.

  3. #3 by Larry Bergan on December 29, 2008 - 8:33 pm


    It’s not good when typos turn your argument 180 degrees 🙂

  4. #4 by Moribund Republic on December 30, 2008 - 1:47 pm

    Virinity pledges may be ineffective, remaining a virgin, by definition is. Who needs a pledge?

    You are either going to get laid or you are not. Completely a self directed exercise, and one of choice.

  5. #5 by Shane Smith on December 31, 2008 - 12:27 pm

    Larry, I typo 148 WPM, but i only type around 30.

    I delete in the thousands.

  6. #6 by Leo Brown on January 19, 2009 - 11:11 pm

    For the record: Now that the story is old, a fuller story has now come out. The study shows that teenagers from conservative and religious homes generally have less risky sex, i.e., fewer sexual partners and are less likely to have a teenage pregnancy, or to have friends who use drugs.

    What the study really shows is that a pledge per se is not important compared to an overall conservative and religious home environment, but that conservative environment does make a difference.

    See this link.

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