This article appeared in the Washington Times on August 9, One is the strict rules regarding physical contact between unmarried couples. While not kissing or being alone with a romantic partner may help avoid the temptation to have sex before marriage, it is certainly possible to date and kiss before marriage while still abstaining from sex. I will leave that debate to others. But there is still every reason to support sexual abstinence until marriage.
Sarah Diefendorf does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his girlfriend, the singer Ciara, recently announced plans to remain sexually abstinent until marriage. It was a vow that came as a surprise to many. After all, sexual purity is a commitment that is historically expected of, associated with — even demanded of — women.
Sexual abstinence or sexual restraint is the practice of refraining from some or all aspects of sexual activity for medical, psychological, legal, social, financial, philosophical, moral, or religious reasons. Asexuality is distinct from sexual abstinence; and celibacy is sexual abstinence generally motivated by factors such as an individual's personal or religious beliefs. Abstinence may be voluntary when an individual chooses not to engage in sexual activity due to moral, religious, philosophical, or other reasons , an involuntary result of social circumstances when one cannot find any willing sexual partners , or legally mandated e.