Will Lady Gaga Use Her Influence to Continue to Promote Abstinence?
Time Magazine has recently released its list of the 100 Most Influential People this week and including in this year’s list is Lady Gaga. Gaga, only 24 years old, is a pop music sensation known for her always changing looks. Cyndi Lauper calls her less of a “pop act”, and more of a “performance artist.” She has recently stated that she has chosen to be abstinent from sex, a choice that will hopefully influence her young followers into doing the same.
At a recent event for M.A.C’s Viva Glam, Lady Gaga said, “I can't believe I'm saying this -- don't have sex. It's not really cool any more to have sex all the time. It's cooler to be strong and independent," she said. For the UK’ s Star, she said, “If you can’t get to know somebody, you shouldn’t be having sex with them. Its okay at this point, in this day and age, we have grown up and we now know that we can’t be that free with our love. You have to be safe, so get checked. You are not invincible.”
Several other celebrities have also vowed to be abstinent from sex, including Bristol Palin who has joined forces with the Candie’s Foundation to encourage teens not to follow in her footsteps and to wait until married to have sex. Twilight star Robert Pattinson has also said that he has adopted abstinence for himself after starring as Edward the vampire, who also abstained. Other teen sensations, including the Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus, are also encouraging their fans to remain virgins until after marriage. Nathan Kress, of TV’s iCarly, wears a “purity ring” to remind himself of his promise to lead a pure life.
Tim Tebow, recently drafted to the NFL by the Denver Broncos, also supports abstinence.
A recent report by the Guttmacher Institute has found that for the first time since 1990, teen pregnancy has risen in the US by 3%.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy supports abstinence-only programs to delay sexual activity among young teens. The agency states in a recent report that “For the first time, there is strong evidence that an abstinence-only intervention can help very young teens delay sex and reduce their recent sexual activity as well. Importantly, the study also shows that this particular abstinence-only program did not reduce condom use among the young teens who did have sex.”
May 5th, 2010 has been designated as the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The purpose is to focus teens’ attention on the importance of avoiding pregnancy and other serious consequences of sex. Teens can visit StayTeen.org to participate in online activities and to read messages to help them to think carefully about what they might do “in the moment.”
Last year, more than 450,000 people participated in National Day events.