Its 2008, and somewhere out there a researcher is thinking:
“By Golly, I wonder if virginity pledges work? Better start another study.”
We could deprive teenagers of all but 4 hours a day for sleep, remove their sense of sight, and send them to school in chastity contraptions that would make Houdini shudder, and they’d still find a way to have sex. The sooner we start from reality rather than a fantasy fueled by a fervent desire for “purity” amongst the young, the faster we’ll be able to ensure teens have healthy, safe sex.
the results, published in the journal Pediatrics, suggest that virginity pledgers are less likely to protect themselves against pregnancy or disease when they do have sex.
This is directly in line with studies on the various forms of abstinence education. I’m sure a similar study on kids who attend “chastity balls” with their parents would yield the same results. We get it. The point has been made and proved. Additional studies won’t be worth a damn against the religious right, who will continue championing the ideal of purity at the expense of teenage sexual health no matter what kind of research comes out.