The Press 28/05/2010
Abstinence is not a Victorian idea, it is an exercise in self-control and respect, an American chastity advocate says. Jason Evert, who is on a week-long tour around New Zealand speaking about the benefits of waiting until marriage to have sex, said sexual revolutionaries were right to revolt against society’s Victorian prudishness. “But now the pendulum has swung too far,” he said. “It’s swung from shamefulness to shamelessness. “Sex and sexuality are wonderful, but they’ve been taken too far and society has become obsessed.” In a presentation to pupils at Christchurch’s Villa Maria College yesterday, Evert preached the virtues of romance without regret.