Sex Sex Sex Sex Sex Sex! Feels like SEX is everywhere! I just have a little spill that I want to wipe up right fast, I will not hold you too long! How many females or males have decided to put up a temporary sign of closure on their sex lives by a raise of hands, or likes on this post? (lol).
Let’s talk, abstinence and celibacy right quick! First off, who knows the difference? Many people use the two interchangeably because of course both entail refraining from sexual behaviors. Time to stimulate you right quick on the CORRECT meaning of the two….
ABSTINENCE = abstaining from sexual behaviors for personal reasons such as physical, emotional or other mental incapacities (abstinence is not a disease)
When someone is practicing abstinence, they are doing so for a variety of reasons. Some common reasons for individuals practicing abstinence
- Fear of sexually transmitted diseases
- Feelings of inadequacy
- Wanting to focus on themselves
- Feeling unworthy
- Waiting for that special someone
These are just a few of the reasons people choose to abstain, however it varies from one person to the next.
Celibacy = refraining from sexual behavior for religious and/or spiritual reasons (typically connected to religious views — also not a disease)
There are individuals who choose to refrain from sexual behaviors for religious reasons such as marriage. There are some religions that have set guidelines or shall I say principles in regard to when individuals should participate in sexual behavior.
A journey of abstinence and celibacy is not easy for people who have or have not participated in sexual behaviors. Some people joke around with the two concepts, but there are some people who take it serious. With societal pressures such as social media, peer pressure, and just a culture that has made sex a symbol of acceptance, many people who have chosen to abstain from sex through abstinence and/or celibacy do face adversity when trying to continue with their decisions.
If you or someone you know is deciding to or have discussed abstinence or celibacy and are considering it, do some research. Search for testimonies on the Internet or YouTube to make sure that it is something you truly want to partake in. Find books that can help guide your decision.
The cup is empty, Black Coffee