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Abstinence pledge (Ideas and Concepts)

"So it seems Taylor read the fine print on her abstinence pledge and found a few loop...something? Oh, right, holes."

Also known as virginity pledges, these are teenage and young adult promises not to indulge in sex before marriage. Yeah, right. It's a fairly recent phenomenon which many of its advocates, usually church groups, claim works in reducing unwanted pregnancies and STDs. Others claim that whilst it works to delay the start of sexual activity, it does not decrease either. Some studies go on to claim that due to attempts to circumvent the pledge and due to not being taught sex education other than abstinence, the chances of pregnancy and contracting STDs is increased when former adherents do become active. Bill Maher, in an article for Salon.com says, "As news spreads that teens who pledge chastity have lots more kinky sex, millions of aging boomers ask: Where was Bush when I was in high school?"

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