I love that Lolo Jones announced in an interview Tuesday that she’s a virgin.
I love that it made headline news.
Just goes to show that something that was once standard is now news-worthy. I guess it’s enough of a rarity that a professional athlete who’s 29, successful, and gorgeous would actually even consider waiting until marriage to have sex.
“It’s just something, a gift that I want to give to my husband.”
You go, girl!
In an era where now more than half of babies born to American women under 30 are out of wedlock, I think it’s great that a person of high profile speak out for abstinence. Which may not be an easy road-but it’s definitely one worth taking, for many, many reasons.
Jones went on to say how hard it’s been to keep her goal. “Harder than training for the Olympics, harder than graduating from college, has been to stay a virgin before marriage,” she says. Which suggests there may have been multiple opportunities to compromise her values. But she has stayed strong, which speaks volumes about her character.
During the course of my career as an entertainer, I’ve been asked more times than I can count why I chose to wait until after I was married to have sex. People in Hollywood just couldn’t believe that I would actually want to do something like that for myself. They asked if my parents, or religion was “forcing” me into making that decision.
Nope. I guess I’ve been lucky in my life to see firsthand the struggles and trials that come with getting pregnant at a young age and outside of wedlock. I wanted to keep that “gift” as Jones said, unopened until I met THE person I’d be with the rest of my life.
I don’t condemn people who’ve chosen not to wait until marriage. I know couples who didn’t, decided to get married later on, and have made things work. But in a day where sex has become almost as casual as a handshake, I’m glad there’s someone standing up for something that, in my opinion, should be considered much more sacred.