Reported by MTV Act.
By Amy Kramer of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
On this week’s episode of “Virgin Territory,” Kyle tells his mom he had sex with Amanda, and she surprises him with the news that his dad didn’t have sex until he was even older than Kyle is now. Kyle’s kind of stunned by this and says he wishes he had known – it would have made him feel better about being a virgin.
Obviously Kyle’s situation is a kind of complicated because his dad died when he was a teenager and one of the reasons he thinks he’s so awkward with girls is because during his teen years he was more focused on family stuff than being social. But it is true for anyone that knowing other people waited can be a real comfort.
In fact, according to a recent survey from MTV and The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 2 out of 3 young adults think that “if teenagers knew that less than half of teens are sexually active, it would help them wait longer to have sex.”
Lots of people, especially virgins, think that everyone else is having sex, even though the reality is that in high school most people haven’t done it yet. But just thinking that everyone is more experienced than you are can lead to pressure to go farther than you’re ready for.
That’s one of our favorite things about “Virgin Territory” – it shows that all kinds of people, even cool, good looking, popular people with active social lives aren’t necessarily doing it yet.
Tune in to Virgin Territory Wednesdays At 11/10c on MTV.
For more information on safe sex, visit It’s Your Sex Life.