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Are Purity Pledges Harmful?
Purity pledges lead to people having a poorer understanding of sexuality.
Purity pledges are particularly
for young people questioning and trying to understand their sexuality.
Purity pledges lead to people not having a proper understanding of the potential consequences of sex.
Women enter the sexual phase of their lives completely
. This leaves them very vulnerable to being used, manipulated, and abused.
Pledgers and other religious women
having unhappy - and sometimes even traumatic - relationships with their body and sexuality after being taught that premarital sex was a sin.
Individuals taking this pledge are encouraged to keep their minds
clear of sexual thoughts
, and by doing so they are more likely to ignore many important questions they may have about their body and other sexual functions.
There are a number of effective
to pre-marital sex that allow a person to explore their sexuality and sexual preference.
Other groups of people who don't engage in sex (e.g. asexual people) can still have an understanding of sex.