Thursday, September 11, 2008

This I Promise You

While my love of outspoken celebs has previously been mentioned, at times, usually when they disagree with me, that love turns to disdain. During this year's MTV Video Music Awards, Jordin Sparks shot back at VMA host Russel Brand, after he mocked the Jonas Brothers for wearing promise rings saying, "I just have one thing to say about promise rings. It’s not bad to wear a promise ring, because not everybody – guy or girl – wants to be a slut."
For those of you who don't know, promise rings (also referred to as purity rings) are worn by teens who have pledged to stay 'pure' until they are married, saving themselves for their future spouse.
Hats off to Jordin for defending her promise-ring-wearing-self (whatever), but clearly there is one small problem (which thankfully she has gone on to acknowledge): just because one does not take this pledge of purity, does not make him a slut. More importantly, and on a grander scale, this pledge or promise should not replace proper sex education for teens. I am a firm believer that the more you tell a person (young or old) that something is off-limits, the more likely he is to try it. In truth, abstinence is the best form of birth control because one one is simply not having sex, but it's a disservice to every person in this country to not equip our youth with the knowledge to make an informed decision on this very personal topic, whenever he is ready to do so.

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