Not long ago I watched a TV talk show in which women over 25 were having to justify the fact that they were still virgins. There was also a psychologist present on the show who indicated there had to be serious psychological reasons for anyone having made a conscious choice to not have sex until marriage. Suggested reasons for this "virgin-sickness" were (1) being afraid of intimacy, (2) not being able to accept one's sexuality, and (3) having been brainwashed in their childhood regarding sex. Several others on the show offered ways to "fix" whatever was wrong with these women.
Thank goodness for the Jonas Brothers! How refreshing for the members of this American Pop Band--who have sold well over 8 million albums worldwide--to have announced to the world that they all wear purity rings.
All three brothers practice abstinence and wear purity rings to symbolize "a promise to ourselves and to God that we'll say pure till marriage." They claim that their decision to wear purity rings "is just one of our ways of kind of like being different than everybody else out there."
Purity rings (promise rings) originated in the US in the 1990's by Christian groups promoting sexual abstinence. Adolescents buy them for themselves, or parents buy them as gifts to give to their children. The rings serve as a visual reminder of a promise made to stay sexually pure until marriage. Then the purity ring is replaced with a wedding ring.
There are many styles and designs of purity rings available on the market today. You can find the Christian cross, everlasting hearts, flowers, butterflies, etc. The rings can be inscribed with sayings like "True Love Waits", "I Will Wait", "Purity."