Olympic Athlete Talks Candidly about Virginity

I’ve heard a lot of Christian celebrities talk about virginity…but never so candidly.

I really like this video. I don’t know much about Olympic athlete Lolo Jones. I don’t know if she has a faith, or about many of the decisions she’s made (she actually has done a few photo shoots that are a little edgy and risque’). But she makes it clear in this video that she wants to wait until marriage for sex, why she thinks that’s smart, and how incredibly difficult it’s been. Pretty cool! Lolo did a great job with this interview, demonstrating a nice balance of humor and transparency.

Last week I blogged about talking to teenagers about sex, and one of my readers, Roger Brown, commented, linking this article and video.

For more about talking to teenagers about sex, jump on our TRAINING TOOLS page on our youth ministry site and scroll down to Shhhhh! Don’t Talk About Sex! and Telling Teenagers the Explicit Truth About Sex.

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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2 Responses to Olympic Athlete Talks Candidly about Virginity

  1. Great post, although I noticed that, right after the youtube video when it gives you other youtube options, one of the videos is “LOLO Jones: The sexy virgin photoshoot”. I refrained from clicking on THAT video, but it seems that while she’s holding on to her virginity, she’s got no problem with nude/partial nude magazine photos. Weird.

  2. Joe H. says:

    Ms. Jones did a great job in the interview … but I thought her stated position was supposed to be the norm. Apparently it is not, at least not in the eyes of the reporter. Did you see her reaction to Ms. Jones? Clearly the reporter thinks Lolo is “outside the norm”, and that she is taking an “extreme” stance.

    I was not phased or surprised by Ms. Jones statements. I was disheartened by the response of the reporter’s shock that anyone would live their life in that way. I know I shouldn’t have been, and as I thought about it more, the reality of the situation seemed more clear.

    So here’s something to consider. Do you realize that today, you are considered to be an “extremist” if you …
    … believe in personal responsibility and accountability for your own actions and decisions.
    … believe in the traditional (Biblical) definition of marriage.
    … believe in practicing abstinence until marriage.
    … believe in financial responsibility, not living on credit or on others.

    In other words, you are only “normal” if you …
    … believe your problems are always the result of someone else’s actions.
    … believe that the traditional definition of marriage is discriminatory.
    … believe that sex outside of marriage is good and healthy.
    … believe that it’s “fair” to vote for someone else to pay higher taxes to pay for your “free” checks from the government.

    I guess I’ll just have to get used to being … an “extremist”.