— Posted by Kara (May 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm)
Did you know that Martin Luthur King Jr. was against premarital sex? I didnâ€™t know until recently. Evidently, Martin Luther King Jr. said this in a monthly advice column for Ebony Magazine (1957-1958):
I think you should hold firm to the principle of premarital virginity. The problems created by premarital sex relationships are far greater than the problems created by premarital virginity. The suspicion, fears, and guilt feelings generated by premarital sex relations are contributing factors to the present breakdown of the family. Real men still respect purity and virginity within women. If a man breaks a relationship with you because you would not allow him to participate in the sexual act, you can be assured that he did not love you from the beginning.
This validates a lot of what Iâ€™ve read, as well as what Iâ€™ve written in chastity/sexuality posts. One risks so much more with premarital sex than abstinence! Itâ€™s not merely a sexual health issue (STDs, etc.) but is also a psychological issue.
Fear–isnâ€™t that the reason many are tempted to have premarital sex? A person will worry that if he/she doesnâ€™t have sex, he/she wonâ€™t be able to become â€œgoodâ€ at it; if he/she doesnâ€™t have sex then their girlfriend/boyfriend will break up with them; he/she fears being considered as â€œprudesâ€ or â€œfrigid,â€ and dozens of other fears all seem to have a part in pressuring people, particularly youth, into having sex in order to â€œfit in.â€
Premarital sex causes suspicions. How often have you heard someone sexually active complaining to you that they fear their significant other is cheating on them? I suspect that suspicions have also fueled all of the widespread, unfair categorizations that donâ€™t apply to everyone, i.e, â€œmen are after only one thing.â€
Premarital sex causes guilt, and not only in the classic sense of â€œmy parents are going to kill me.â€ This guilt isnâ€™t often portrayed in mainstream media, but hints of it do surface, such as when a character in a movie or show regrets losing his or her virginity because they gave it to the â€œwrong oneâ€ or it was â€œa bad experience,â€ or when a character is dumped even after having sex with their significant other. So many times we hear of people who regret having sex, or feel bad about it–not always, of course– but this guilt occurs often enough to be a legitimate effect of premarital sex.
I particularly agree that Martin Luther King Jr. said: â€œReal men still respect purity and virginity within women. If a man breaks a relationship with you because you would not allow him to participate in the sexual act, you can be assured that he did not love you from the beginning.â€ A true, chivalrous man will respect purity and virginity–especially because these are often the marks of a virtuous woman, and a real man shouldnâ€™t have to feel that to â€œbe a manâ€ he has to have sex, just like a woman shouldnâ€™t have to feel that to be considered a â€œwomanâ€ she has to be sexually active. A true man will respect the wishes of the woman he loves.
I get frustrated how often people donâ€™t consider that final part of Dr. Kingâ€™s quote. If someone breaks up with you–or threatens to do so–because you wonâ€™t given them sex, then they donâ€™t love you and they have never loved you. Trying emotionally blackmail someone into having sex is exploitation and manipulation for selfish ends, not loving ends! Love asks what you can do for someone, not what you can get from them.
How often does someone give in to demands for sex, only to still lose that person anyway? Why should someone stay in a destructive relationship where someone demands something from the other? Why give your body to someone that doesnâ€™t even love you for your whole self and isnâ€™t willing to commit to â€œforeverâ€ before even daring to accept a gift you can give only once?
Like Dr. King said, more problems are caused by premarital sex than premarital virginity. There is nothing wrong with virgins getting married, or someone choosing from this day forward to abstain from sex until marriage. If you think that staying a virgin will ruin your chances at a happy and satisfying marriage, then please refer to my other post, â€œDispelling Myths About Chastity.â€
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