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ERIC Number: EJ771051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-29
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
The Joy of No Sex
Wasley, Paula
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n43 pA30 Jun 2007
This article reports on Justin F. Murray and Sarah M. Kinsella, the founders of a Harvard University student group called True Love Revolution that promotes the practical benefits of sexual abstinence until marriage and how Murray and Kinsella look forward to living the message after graduation. These "true love" revolutionaries cast chastity as a practical choice with physical and emotional rewards that is not only a foolproof means of avoiding sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies, but also leads to a better romantic life. True Love Revolution has 150 members and is both an activist and support group. It attracts members of various religions as well as agnostic students. The organization stirred controversy at Harvard when on Valentine's Day, it mailed chocolate hearts to all freshman women, along with cards that said, "Why Wait? Because You're Worth It." Campus feminists accused the organization of promoting a patriarchal view of female sexuality. The article notes that many college students are abstaining from sex, citing a 2006 survey by the American College Health Association that found that 29 percent of college students did not engage in sex during the past school year. Abstinence groups like True Love Revolution are a reaction to a campus hookup culture, according to Kathleen A. Bogle, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at La Salle University and author of a forthcoming book, "Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus" (New York University Press, 2008).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts