May 22, 2010
Interestingly, not only has she chosen this lifestyle for herself but she is also encouraging her fans to do so as well. In a recent interview she said, So it's OK not to have sex, it's OK to get to know people. I'm celibate, celibacy's fine." Wow.
And, Lady Gaga is not the only sex symbol that is speaking out about a better way in our oversexed culture. Check out what Rachel Welch recently said during an interview about her new tell-all book, Beyond the Cleavage:
Sex is being held up for the new generation as the be all and end all. It's supposed to be an expression of your regard for someone. It's in our faces every waking minute. We worship sex, but for most people it doesn't take that long. It has its place, but it's just too prevalent. I know I sound like a prude, but can't we have cheerleaders that don't do spread eagle and grinding? Britney Spears would remember that she was a lot more happening when she wasn't pushing it. I did some of it myself and at some point it wasn't productive.
Even some folks on college campuses, which are one of the most active breeding grounds for the hook up culture, are getting into the act. For example, a group of students at Princeton University launched an organization called The Anscombe Society that is lobbying the university to establish a Center for Abstinence and Chastity to better support students who chose to buck the trend and be celibate.
Given the growth that we have seen in recent years in STIs, unplanned pregnancies and father absence, this vocal support is none to soon. But it seems to me that there is something else going on here. Indeed, Lady Gaga, Welsh and these Princeton undergraduates are remembering a lesson that many in our culture have long, and conveniently, forgotten. Specifically, sex is not just a physical act but it is also imbued with emotional, relational and spiritual aspects as well. And, physical and pharmaceutical barriers, while they may prevent pregnancy, etc., they dont protect ones heart, emotions and soul like chastity can. I think Lady Gaga said it best when she exclaimed, Even Lady Gaga can be celibate you dont have to have sex to be loved. Words both accurate and worth going gaga over