New TV Show from MTV – “Virgin Territory” – about people who are not having sex
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Notice that some of the young people interviewed on the pages below, who say they are virgins, said they are CHOOSING to stay virgins until they marriage.
They made a CHOICE to refrain from having sex. They still have sexual desires and so forth; God did not wave a magic wand and remove their desires.
Some of the young people identify as (or imply they are) Christians – they say they are abstaining due to “religious” reasons (of course, they could be Jewish or some other religion).
I bring this point up because a lot of Christians make false assumptions, such as, nobody is capable of controlling their sexual urges.
Many conservative Christians act as though having pre-marital sex is inevitable, which is one reason so many of them advocate something called “early marriage” where they believe Christian kids should get married before they hit age 25.
Still other Christians erroneously assume if you are a Christian and a virgin past the age of 30, it must be because God gave you the GOS (Gift of Singleness).
Why is this a problem? Because the underlying (and again, this is incorrect) assumption by Christians and preachers is that adults who have GOS (by mere fact they’ve never married and not had sex by age 30) had their sexual drive removed supernaturally by God. Nowhere does does the Bible teach that God removes the libido from an unmarried, virginal adult. Nowhere.
People such as myself who are virgins over the age of 30 practice self control and use willpower; we still have sexual desire. Celibate adults are not the same thing as Asexuals, but Christians are always confusing the two.
Without further ado, here are the links about the new MTV program about virginity:
- July 12, 2014
The media glorify sex, especially when targeting young people.
MTV’s new docu-series “Virgin Territory” focuses on a range of 20-something virgins as they grapple with deciding when, if not as soon as possible, would be the right time to alter their status. The series premieres Wednesday at 11 p.m. EDT.
“I am a virgin,” one of the show’s subjects, 22-year-old Dominique Sullivan, told reporters Friday at the summer TV critics’ tour. “In the media you don’t see that many virgins at all. We don’t get much sunshine. We get a lot of flak. We can still have fun — but we can also save ourselves.”
Alongside her on the panel was Lisa Youngerman, who was no less prepared for the obvious question: Why did you agree to be on this reality show?
“I waited until I was married to have sex,” said the 23-year-old Youngerman, who said her religious faith played a strong role in her waiting. “I wanted young girls and young men to see that this is a possible decision.”
Youngerman laughed when asked how her family reacted to her doing the show: “What father doesn’t love the idea that your daughter’s not having sex?”
Alex Melger, 21, grew up in a small, conservative Arizona town where he felt he couldn’t be openly gay. Then he became part of “Virgin Territory.”
“I love talking about sex, but I’m not having it, though,” he said. “How can I talk about it when I’m not having it?”
He proved up to the task.
“I think you’re going to be surprised,” he predicted for viewers of the show. “You’re going to see women who want to lose it, women who want to keep it, men who want to lose it, men who want to keep it. It’s going to change the way that we look at how each gender wants sex.”
If most media make virginity seem like something to lose as quickly as possible, Melger acknowledged that the average person can’t escape that widespread message.
“But you’re your own person,” he added. “You make your own decisions.”
The stated aim of “Virgin Territory” is to highlight people who are making that kind of decision, and what led them to make it
- New show aims to raise issues and promote discussion about sexual health, says exec VP Lauren Dolgen
BY DAVID HINCKLEY NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, July 12, 2014, 2:00 AM
BEVERLY HILLS — The last thing you’d expect on an MTV show is a cast of people who aren’t having sex.
“In our media, sex is everywhere,” says Alec Melger, 23, one of the 15 under-25s who populate the docu-series “Virgin Territory.”
That would certainly encompass MTV, which premieres the show next Wednesday at 11 p.m.
Melger recalled watching MTV’s “The Real World” as a fourth-grader, seeing a threesome in a bathtub and thinking, “Wow, that’s cool!”
But in this case, MTV executives say they want to show their young audience that sex is optional, not mandatory.
“As a Christian, I don’t believe in sex before marriage,” says Lisa Youngerman, 23. “But if someone doesn’t share my belief, I can’t tell them what to do.”
On the show, Youngerman and her fiancé, Nick, discuss the countdown to their wedding night, with Lisa expressing trepidation and Nick anticipation.
“Being a virgin doesn’t mean you can’t be sexy and vibrant,” said Dominique Sullivan, 22. “It just means you don’t have to ‘do it.’
“You can only lose your virginity once, so I want to make sure it’s the right person.”
As it turns out, not everyone on the show is committed to virginity, which Melger admitted “is really what every individual defines it to be.”
The ultimate goal of “Virgin Territory,” says MTV executive vice president Lauren Dolgen, “is to elevate the discussion of responsible sexual health to include virginity … in ways our audience might find surprising.”
- On the other hand, Sullivan, who is still a virgin, said she sees no problem in “saving” herself.
“I am a virgin. In the media you don’t see that many virgins at all. We don’t get much sunshine. We get a lot of flak. We can still have fun but we can also save ourselves,” Sullivan said.
- At today’s TCA, MTV Head of Programming Susanne Daniels acknowledged that the channel deciding to air a series on virginity is a lot like “Snooki and JWoww on Meet The Press.”
But both the exec and the creative forces behind MTV’s new docuseries Virgin Territory (launching July 16) said they believe MTV is doing a public service by examining the young generation’s thoughts on virginity.
Today’s panel included Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and three young people whose lives are explored on the show: Dominique Sullivan, a 22-year-old single virgin; Lisa Youngerman, 23, who saved her virginity for marriage; and Alec Melger, 21, a virgin who says he is doing his best to change that.
(Link): Long Editorial about Virginity at CT – Don’t Blame Evangelicals for the Cult of the Virgin – I Notice It’s the Fornicators Who Want to Ignore or Downplay the Bible’s Teaching that People Are To Stay Virgins Until Marriage