Virginity Rocks: After decades of teenagers defying their parents, church, and society with daring acts of furtive fucking, Gen Z has declared virginity the most provocative sexual act.
“Virginity Rocks” is the seemingly chaste new motto that kids around the country are wearing on shirts, hats, lanyards, and other stuff. While some take it jokingly, the trend has piqued the interest of pro-abstinence groups.
While the brand’s creator, 27-year-old YouTuber Danny Duncan, told the New York Times that he started wearing the shirts as a joke in 2017, he said that he’s happy to see people embrace the “tongue-in-cheek” motto in various ways.
Virginity Rocks defying their parents
“I have sex,” Duncan told the New York Times, “but I want others to do whatever they want and not be coerced into anything.”
Duncan makes an excellent point. While abstinence should never be praised as morally or otherwise superior to sexual activity — much less taught in schools as a substitute for actual sexual education — the popularity of “Virignity Rocks” defies a decades-old societal stereotype that “cool kids” have sex and those who don’t are inherently uncool or undesirable.
Keeping in mind that “virginity” is a loaded term associated with a culture of gendered stereotypes often used to police women’s sexuality, the “Virginity Rocks” mantra appears to reflect a shift in young people’s attitudes toward sexuality, one that may finally overturn the paradox encapsulated in the famous Breakfast Club line, “If you say you haven’t, you’re a prude.
You’re a slut if you say you have.” Whether worn jokingly or not, the “Virginity Rocks” shirts appear to allude to a new, more inclusive sexual discourse among young people who embrace a culture of sex-positivity that accepts all consenting sexual choices, including the option not to have sex.
But, because those in charge of policing young adults’ sexual choices and expression have to be angry about something, various school authorities have punished students for wearing “Virginity Rocks” products in a befuddled attempt to reassert their moralizing dominance over adolescents who appear to have embraced the exact message of abstinence that those authorities have force-fed them for years, often instead of comprehensive sex education.
In Oregon, Wisconsin, and Missouri, teens have reportedly been suspended for wearing the shirts, inciting anger among pro-abstinence organizations who believe the products promote Christian values.
Whether schools are prohibiting the shirts as a protest against Christian abstinence or just as a reflexive desire to control any indication of teen sexuality, the teens have obviously outwitted their generational forefathers once again through their excellent use of subtle sarcasm. May they get the earth as their inheritance.