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Weekly Salvo

April 4, 2016

Stop the Presses! Cosmopolitan Discusses Chastity?

Of all the places you might expect to read about twenty-something women who have made the decision to remain abstinent until marriage, Cosmopolitan magazine is probably one of the unlikeliest. The magazine, aimed at young, single women, is known for its raunchy covers and explicit articles on sex, with some fashion and relationship advice thrown in.

But lo and behold, there in the online edition, are the stories of three such women. And they don't hold back when it comes to the reason for their decision.

"Sara" (all of the names were changed) tells Cosmo what inspired her. "I decided I wanted to wait when I read St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body. In it, he discusses how Christ loves us totally, definitely, and sacrificially through his body, and that is what sex was created for us to do as well—to love others totally, definitely, and sacrificially through our bodies." 

"Madeline" had similar inspiration.  "My faith teaches me that sex is a deeply spiritual act and a symbol of intimacy with God," she tells Cosmo

Ditto for "Jordan," who met her current boyfriend online.  "When I brought up to him that I was a virgin and was waiting for sex until marriage, he said he was a virgin as well.  We're going to be engaged soon, and are both looking forward to our marriage and the special intimacy and bond that will come with that."

Good for all of them, and to Cosmopolitan for telling their stories!

On the subject of abstinence, we recommend the following from Salvo:

Saved Sex: Loving Our Young People Enough to Tell Them the Truth

Facing Chastity: The Unpopular Virtue We Need to Make a Comeback

Try Before You Buy? Not If You Are Looking for a Marriage That Will Endure Inevitable Trials

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