May 13, 2009 8 Comments ›› Erik Wong
by Steven Crowder
Is there anything more abnormal than being a mid-teen virgin in the year 2009? Not if youâ€™d hear Hollywood tell it. After watching a slew of teen-movies this weekend, I feel quite pathetic. It seems that all this time, Iâ€™ve been trying to follow my convictions and make a difference in this world, when I really should have been spending my time scoring with chicks. Has anybody else out there come to this realization as of late?
In the same breath, ladies; You simply havenâ€™t been empowering yourselves as young women unless youâ€™ve been riding the old bone rollercoaster. Purity is for losers, donâ€™t you knowâ€¦
From TV shows aimed squarely at young dames such as â€œGossip Girlâ€ or â€œ90210,â€ to hit teen films like â€œAmerican Pieâ€ or the recent â€œAdventureland,â€ the message in regards to sexuality is quite clear; If youâ€™re still a virgin at 16, there must be something wrong with you. Sure, it would be bad enough that all of these programs are laden with super-model-turned actors having sex like banshees (the parents are never around, mind you), but Hollywood doesnâ€™t stop there. No, the good old folks in Tinseltown feel the need to twist the knife and go out of its way to point out the abnormality of abstinence.
The truth is that even in the most liberal of statistics, over 40% of kids remain virgins through their teen years. Keep in mind that a good percentage of those pollâ€™d in these â€œblind studiesâ€ are men and letâ€™s be honestâ€¦ A good 30% of them are probably lying, so you can bet that the real statistics would favor the lonely little virgins even more.
If you were an alien dropped on to planet Earth however, forced to deduce the sexuality of the human species solely from what Hollywood pumps out, youâ€™d probably think that nobody made it past 16 without having schtupped a myriad of partners.
One would have to wonder how much different that statistic would be if Hollywood WERENâ€™T pressuring teenagers to engage in the horizontal mambo. If Hollywood put all of its â€œvirginity is for suckersâ€ energy into promoting â€œsaving sex till marriage,â€ I bet weâ€™d see a very different, much more lopsided statistic. Of course Hollywood could never do that, as they donâ€™t believe in â€œforcing ones beliefs on othersâ€â€¦ Unless of course said beliefs include situational ethics, then itâ€™s time to preach it father, preach it!
Women, correct me if Iâ€™m wrong, but there doesnâ€™t even seem to be that â€œdime store floozyâ€ stigma attached to being the â€œtown pumpâ€ anymore. Girls who choose to save themselves are often portrayed as the â€œugly-pretty shy girlâ€ who only comes into womanhood once she gives it away. Do you feel more femininely empowered now that sex is expected of you at an early age?
So just to get things straightâ€¦ Upholding traditional values when it comes to sex and marriage = judgemental and unrealistic. Making fun of the quirky abnormality that is a young-teen virgin = thatâ€™s just good TV.
With the soaring STD/STI rates, one would have to wonder if going back to the â€œunrealistic views of teenage sexâ€ might not be so bad after all. The painful truth is that in its attempt to remain â€œmorally neutral,â€ Hollywood is causing us to raise a nation of cads and harlotsâ€¦ Thanks again Sean Penn!