The Virgin Diaries: The Top 10 Cons of Virginity

Our contributor Katherine Chen, once an English major at Princeton University (check out her personal site here), penned a series of confessions for EMandLO.com collectively called “The Virgin Diaries.” Here’s her 9th installment. Her previous one is Top 10 PROS of Virginity:

  1. Giving the objective, outsider perspective on sex and relationships to friends also means being the outsider when they are sharing their sexual experiences.
  2. The longer I put off having sex, the more paranoid I get about the negative consequences (pregnancy, STDs, heartbreak), despite the fact that there are so many preventative measures available.
  3. Porn and erotic literature can only go so far in satisfying your sexual fantasies before both become redundant and even boring.
  4. Being a virgin is still equated these days with being a prude, which is not who I am at all.
  5. While I’m glad my parents and relatives are pleased with my decision to remain a virgin, I hate how being a virgin binds me to a corresponding set of values, some of which I don’t even uphold.
  6. While I’ve avoided all the pitfalls of sex, I’ve never experienced its joys either: the fun of dating, the thrill of passion, the intimacy of connecting with another human being.
  7. Masturbation can’t get nearly as creative or varied as actual partner sex.
  8. While I would love to say that hundreds of men have tried to bed me in the past, I actually haven’t received even one invitation, which hasn’t exactly boosted my self-esteem; and having low self-esteem doesn’t improve my chances of attracting someone — it’s a vicious circle. So the possibility I’m going to turn into Steve Carell’s character from “The 40 Year Old Virgin” becomes ever more real — which is just depressing.
  9. For better or for worse, being the typical “chaste virgin” in this society doesn’t hold as much weight as it used to (except for maybe in horror movies).
  10. Needless to say, with all this pent-up sexual energy, I get frustrated. Sometimes I would just like to unleash my inner beast with someone but I have no outlet (at least not ones that I can feel good about).

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*Sorry, that should read “and it implies they lack the imagination…”


@C.Anderson: ‘Virgin’ doesn’t necessarily equate to ‘innocent’, a point that Katherine herself made. Your analogy is offensive to anyone who chooses not to participate in PIV intercourse, but who still has a rich sex life, or lacks the imagination and empathy necessary to discuss something they’ve no experience with- being a girl, I’ve never been kicked in the balls, but that doesn’t mean I don’t wince in sympathy if I ever see it happen to a guy.

No profound insight to offer, merely to say that I understand, and empathise. I haven’t (yet) read the rest of your posts, so I don’t know the reason for your choice, or if it is a choice at all, or the result of circumstance. The general assumption seems to be that in today’s society, sex is available, with or without emotional involvement, if you want it. Perhaps for many it is, but I have found this assumption to be untrue. Perhaps my personality and personal style are to blame – like you, neither is prudish – but also like you,… Read more »

Katherine, just because men haven’t offered to sleep with you doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t. This was a tough point for me to get over too.
I just realized that men won’t usually come out and say it. They don’t like getting slapped 🙂
And I agree with point 4. Actually, not telling people about your v-card can help a lot.

I understand all kinds of reasons for wanting to be a virgin. I didn’t lose my virginity until I was 21 and TOTALLY ready. Thanks to a semi-religious and highly-conservative (in regards to those kinds of values only, really) upbringing, I viewed sex as a bad thing, and people who had it as being dirty somehow. But eventually I got over it and realized I wanted to do it, I met the right guy, everything clicked, and sex is awesome. Also, my first time was totally great and painless, probably due to masturbation/foolin’ around before we did it. Anyway, you… Read more »
Lily “some of us are strong enough to wait until its the right moment with the right person.” Interesting – so those of us who embrace life and all its wonderful and varied aspects, including sex (good, bad and mediocre), including having sex with the right person at the wrong moment or having sex with the wrong person at the right moment are suddenly weak ? Maybe we are somehow deficient in certain things – moral fiber ? Decency ? How wonderfully judgemental of you and since you are a self-professed virgin, I must ask…how the hell do you know… Read more »

This article is great! Personally I’m 19 and a virgin and I totally relate to everything that is mentioned here. From the family, social, and personal aspects.

And like lali perfetly said, its not that I don’t want to have sex its just that some of us are strong enough to wait until its the right moment with the right person.

This is a very smart read and I totally understand!