Lolo Jones Should Stop Complaining That It’s So Hard To Stay A Virgin
3:30 pm, May 23rd | by Laura Donovan
There’s a great line in 40-Year-Old Virgin that sums up how I feel about 29-year-old Olympic star Lolo Jones’s recent admission that she has never slept with anyone and has no intention of changing that until she’s tied down: “Virgin’s not a dirty word.”
The silver medalist, who has been open about her Christian faith and values, told HBO “Real Sports” in a new interview that holding off on sex has been “the hardest thing [she has] ever done in [her] life.” She cited her parents’ broken relationship as one of the reasons for her abstinence, continuing:
“I just don’t believe in [pre-marital sex]. I want to wait until I’m married to have sex. My mom, she was with my dad for twenty years and never got married and they’re not together anymore, so I just want to have that solid bond. It’s just a gift I want to give my husband. But please understand this journey has been hard. There’s virgins out there and I want to let them know that it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Harder than training for the Olympics. Harder than graduating from college has been to stay a virgin before marriage. I’ve been tempted, I’ve had plenty of opportunities…”
As Jones joked about possibly making an appearance in a potential 40-Year-Old Virgin-esque sequel, the female HBO reporter laughed so hard she had to wipe her eyes. But there’s nothing funny about Jones’s choice. Some may make fun of or judge her for sticking with her morals, but it’s actually rather admirable for her to open up about her mores. Even so, griping that it’s so unbelievably difficult to hold off on sex takes away from the message she seems to be trying to send, which is that it is perfectly fine to wait until marriage to have intercourse. Quarterback Tim Tebow has spoken of his virginity before but never gone on and on about what a struggle it has been to maintain the stigmatized title. He’s five years younger than Jones, who says being a virgin loses its cuteness factor after a person hits 24, so maybe he’ll begin whining soon as well, but complaints from either person won’t inspire others to stay chaste until their wedding night.