In a chandelier-lit ballroom overlooking the Rocky Mountains one recent evening, some hundred couples feast on herb-crusted chicken and julienned vegetables. The men look dapper in tuxedos; their dates are resplendent in floor-length gowns, long white gloves and tiaras framing twirly, ornate updos. Seated at a table with four couples, I watch as the gray-haired man next to me reaches into his breast pocket, pulls out a small satin box and flips it open to check out a gold ring he's about to place on the finger of the woman sitting to his right.
Relatives with video cameras edged in for close-ups of the girls in white dresses and boys in shirts and ties as they recited their vows. Younger brothers and sisters balanced on tiptoes to get a better view. And after the ceremony, the whole congregation of St.
The Jonas brothers have expressed regret over being known for the purity rings they wore for several years but criticized the media for its inappropriate fascination with the sex lives of teenagers. At the peak of their career a decade ago, Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas, who comprise the Jonas Brothers, made headlines by wearing purity rings — the popular evangelical symbol of abstinence before marriage. Then in their teens, the trio wore them everywhere: on red carpets, in their music videos, and at their concerts.
As the first of my friends to receive such a gift, they came to me for tips on taking care of the first precious piece of jewelry many of us had been entrusted to protect. She looked apprehensive. The concern over leaving her ruby ring just hanging there on a hook was apparent. I slammed my locker, forgetting to take off my own ring.
As teenage girls living in Crockett County, Tennessee—a cluster of five tiny towns strung together by a quiet highway, where the culture revolves around the harvesting of cotton, Friday night lights, and Sunday sermons—my friends and I knew the consequences of sex: ruined reputations, questioned faith, and the most unthinkable of all, pregnancy. We had heard the whispering in the hallways; we had read the accusations scribbled on the bathroom stalls. One day during the weeklong sex ed class, the female instructor made a show of tearing a long piece of tape from a dispenser.
Telling her own story of porn addiction and struggle with lust, Jessica seeks to help other women find hope, healing, and grace. She resides just outside of Washington DC where she works as a teacher and serves on the Biblical counseling team in her church. It might have been the most traumatizing day of my dramatic year-old existence.
In my mind, good became synonymous with virginal. When I was molested in ninth grade I told the woman that conducted my bible study meetings in North Alabama. I had always considered myself to be a good kid.
Someday, she hopes, it will be replaced by a wedding ring. In the meantime it serves as a daily reminder of a vow she made three years ago to remain chaste until marriage. McMunn said. She was 14 when she first slipped on the silver band during a program promoting abstinence for teenagers, held in Pittsburgh.
It had him in chains. Nick Jonas opened up about his now-broken virginity commitment and the origins of his purity ring during a loaded Reddit Ask Me Anything on Thursday, March 31, telling commenters he was too young to realize what it meant. The youngest Jonas brother, 23, and his older siblings, Kevin28, and Joe26, famously wore purity rings during their breakout years on the Disney Channel.
Last month, I found myself among hundreds of awkward teenagers in a large auditorium in Cincinnati, Ohio. If all were to go as planned, not a single soul in attendance would end up having sex before marriage. The Silver Ring Thing, an organisation dedicated to duping kids into buying purity rings, is like the Cirque du Soleil of Christian teen abstinence programmes. Sincetheir mission has been to have as many kids as possible publicly pledge to abstain from premarital sex at one of their big virginity-promise events.