Like a Virgin

Losing it: a phrase that has many meanings. Though in recent years, this phrase has become synonymous with scandal and a string of reality shows. Is losing it really that big of a deal? Popular culture is surely making it out to be so.

The show “Virgin Territory,” which aired on MTV this summer, caused mixed feelings among teens all around the U.S. “Virgin Territory” follows various teens who are, for one reason or another, virgins.

“The fact that virgins are so rare/the fact that our culture is obsessed with sex to the point where they make a TV show about losing it…” Ally Frost (12) tweeted. “[is] a little ridiculous,” Frost said.

In many of today’s shows, sex is portrayed as a casual aspect of life. And perhaps it should be treated as such. But the underlying outcast of virgins is something our society shouldn’t be condoning. Shows such as “Virgin Territory” are outcasting those who choose to wait by capitalizing this supposed rarity.

From reality shows like “Virgin Territory” and “Dating Naked” to scripted shows such as “Glee” and “the Secret Life of the American Teenager,” one fact is inescapable: sex is all around us.

It is a normal part of life, whether one chooses to engage in sex today or in years from now. So why is the media treating it like it’s such a big deal? Simply, because sex makes for good ratings.

When one of a show made about virgins, one is intrigued. How could a show be made about virgins? It seems now that society is pushing the boundaries of exploitation in the name of entertainment.

No one should be classified by their sexual status. People are people, and when the media tries to label them by how far they’ve gotten beneath the sheets, that’s when the media becomes degrading. It is 2014; who cares if someone is a virgin? Virginity is a personal decision, and only that person’s business.