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(September 26, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Thanks to a rather controversial outburst by Russell Brand and then Jordin Sparks, purity rings are in the spotlight. A purity ring, or promise ring, is a visible pledge to yourself to say “pure” or a virgin until marriage. Most often this is keeping with a religious belief, but for some who have the goal of abstinence religion has nothing to do with it.

Purity in the Spotlight

The virginal status of celebs is nothing new. Madonna sang about it (in a rather risqué way) and then we heard all about Britney’s alleged virginal status. (This was recently dispelled by her mother’s book.) Now many of today’s pop stars including the Jonas Brothers and Jordin Sparks are touting outward signs of their goal to stay pure until marriage.

The Classic Ring

The promise or purity ring is nothing new. For decades, even centuries individuals have been choosing to wear rings or necklaces with charms or reminders of what they believe in regarding premarital sex. Most of the time the choice to wear the item was not discussed much as it is a totally personal decision. This changed, however, when Russell Brand, the imported host of the MTV VMA awards decided to discuss the rings of the Jonas brothers in crass fashion – many times over.

Standing Up for Beliefs

When you make a visible promise about anything, you immediately gain a cheering section as well as plenty of skeptics. This is certainly the case with young celebrities and their claims to purity. After all, with all the opportunities for romance and adventure in Hollywood, how could anyone resist? If you believe the Jonas Brothers and others, it’s not especially challenging despite the number of people hoping they will fall from grace.

Making a Pledge

There are many schools of thought on purity rings and what they represent. Some who support chastity have even criticized the rings or other symbols as making a private decision public. But then, if the Jonas Brothers weren’t famous, would anyone even know about their rings?

My beliefs about the topic are my own, but I respect anyone who makes such as public pledge and then has the strength to stand behind it. For example, when responding to the comments by Brand, fifteen-year-old Kevin Jonas responded by saying, “For us, it's cool to see that he recognizes we are gentlemen." What a classy guy, right?

Stirring Up Controversy

The one area I don’t particularly care for with anything involving such a personal decision is how heated a discussion can become. Take for example, Jordin Sparks. During her time on stage, Miss Sparks reminded the audience that, “It's not bad to wear a promise ring, because not everybody — guy or girl — wants to be a slut."

Needless to say there were many offended parties at the awards and at home. Jordin later said she wished she had worded her response differently. Personally, I respect anyone who makes a pledge about most anything and stands by it. If you want to represent your pledge or commitment by wearing a ring, I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t. After all, isn’t that exactly what engagement and wedding rings are? Best friend bracelets and charm bracelets? What you vow is your business. If you want to advertise it, that’s your business, too.


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Amynetta

19/Female
Australia
Posted On: October 27, 2008
I don't ever plan on getting married (marriage, traditionally, is celebrating a woman passing from her father's control to her husbands - not for me), and I find nothing wrong with doing it when you feel ready. I definately won't be ready for a while, but you are NOT a sl'ut if you give it up before marriage.
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BlossomTreesAn

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: October 13, 2008
I'm not waiting until I'm married, but I don't plan on going to school tomorrow and dragging my boyfriend into the bathrooms.

I know myself well enough that I don't have the patience or willpower necessary to stay "pure."

I'm just gonna wait until I'm ready.

Aimee ♥
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dark_princess1

24/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: October 7, 2008
I have a ring and it says ill stay pure till marriage i like having the ring becasue i know who will like me who i am not beacuse im willing to give it up on the first date and plus the ring is actually really kute and i hate it how people at school dont belive me that im willing to wait to marriage i want the person who i do is the right person not some guy who ive just met
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hovergirl2588

20/Female
Brookhaven, PA
Posted On: October 4, 2008
also i think its great if you wear one but i dont think i could wait thats why i just want to know i m ready
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hovergirl2588

20/Female
Brookhaven, PA
Posted On: October 4, 2008
i always wonderd what happens if the guy you marry sucks in bed and i plan to save myself uuntil i meet someone i love and trust so when i ready
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Ellie_Emo_xD

20/Female
Australia
Posted On: October 1, 2008
Yeah, not many people at my school believe me, which is a shame. But I plan on staying a virgin till I'm married, but I only want to get married when I'm sure that he is the one. But I have a while to wait. I guess as my "ring" I've worn a necklace which my aunt gave me, I barely take it off, only when I need to clean it. So thats kind of like my ring. I also plan on never ever smoking. Both my parents smoke and I've seen the effect its had on both of them its horrible. My dads an alcoholic (sorry, I cant remember how to spell the word) and I never plan on becoming one, he used to have it so bad, it was horrible, I only plan on drinking once in a blue moon. It ruined my mum and his relationship. But I love this article, its my favourite so far. Keep it up!

Ellie xD
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x_Mischief_Man

24/Female
Australia
Posted On: September 29, 2008
Ahem, Demi Lovato wears a purtiy ring.

Plus Russell Brand's hair is a bird's nest!

Just to add to that I wear a purity ring, it's a long time waiting, however, this pledge is for people with patience.
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tootoorooroo

19/Female
Hanford, CA
Posted On: September 29, 2008
yeah I'm staying a virgin but the only ring I have for it is plastic sooooooo sad

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PuppiLuv

20/Female
Virgin Islands (US)
Posted On: September 29, 2008
That's a long time to wait, I'll wait 'till I find the right one at 21, and I'll use a -you already know wat-

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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: September 29, 2008
I agree with rocket. I have two special rings, and I wear one of them all the time, because one I got from my aunt before she died and the other was a gift from my parents when I turned sixteen. No other jewelery could take there place. But I suppose that they do remind me of the people I love, and how much they love me, and I would think twice before doing anything stupid with one on (and not just giving up my virginity, either).
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Rocketship_

106/Female
Japan
Posted On: September 29, 2008
I don't wear a ring, or anything, but I'm staying a virgin until marriage.

Good article. I think it's all about personnal choice, and people need to stop judging the Jonas Brothers over it.
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