Virgin Territory:’ MTV pushes the limit with reality show about losing it

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Virgin Territory:’ MTV pushes the limit with reality show about losing it

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Virgin Territory Credit MTVWith shows like “16 and Pregnant” and “The Real World,” MTV has become known for pushing the reality TV boundaries when it comes to shows that feature people talking openly about their sex lives. But their newest series, “Virgin Territory,” is taking things to an even more intimate level.

The show follows 15 young adults, all between the ages of 18 to 23, who, for various reasons, are still virgins. During the course of the series, at least some of those featured will lose their virginity.

“Some of them are hanging on to their virginity and others are desperately trying to lose it,” a description of the show on MTV’s website explains.

The trailer for the series features some who are vocal about wanting to wait until marriage to have sex, and others who are bashful admitting to their friends they haven’t done the deed yet. The first episode of the series follows Kyle, Lisa, Mikaela and Dominique. Two of them are hoping to lose their virginity sooner rather than later, while the other two are waiting until marriage to have sex.

The network says “Virgin Territory” will help facilitate important conversations among young people about safe sex and preventing pregnancy, according a press release about the series.

“MTV has a legacy of documenting the lives of young adults and openly talking about sex with thought-provoking programming such as ‘True Life,’ ‘16 and Pregnant’ and ‘Teen Mom,’” EVP Series Development & Head West Coast Unscripted for MTV Lauren Dolgen said in a statement. “Through our ongoing partnership with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, MTV will continue this tradition by elevating the discussion of responsible sexual health to include the topic of virginity in a way that our audience might find surprising.”

But the Parent’s Television Council worries the show will cause more harm than good, said Melissa Henson, director of the organization’s grassroots education and activism. Henson clarified she had yet to see an episode of the series and was basing her opinion on MTV’s track record.

“Based on the way it’s being advertised — and let’s face it based on MTV’s history with their programming — we’re not anticipating that they are going to treat the subject [of virginity] respectfully,” she said.

Henson added that she appreciated the series would include several young adults who are holding on to their virginity for religious reasons, as long as they are featured in a positive light and not portrayed as “social misfits.”

“[It’s] positive only if [MTV treats] it like a positive thing and if they can avoid the snark and the cynicism.”

4 Comments on “Virgin Territory:’ MTV pushes the limit with reality show about losing it”

  1. I used to watch MTV when we had cable and all I can say is. ARE ANY OF YOU SURPRISED? I have always said that when we take something that God created out of the context in which it was created in then there is no containing what comes out of the Pandora’s box next. You may think I’m weird for saying this but I believe that absolutely nothing is sacred anymore and because of that the limits will continue to be pushed. Therefore, I honestly believe with every fiber of my being that one of the next big things to challenge the sexual ethic of the body of Christ will be “Christian Porn!” I mean hey why not? We have tried to Christianize everything else and provide Christian alternatives to worldly entertainment. Churches are already using catchy bill boards with catchy sexual slogans and innuendo on them to advertise for sermon series being preached on sex. This is usually done under the guise of being seeker friendly and drawing the lost by getting their attention. This is sadly what happens when the Gospel is not enough!

  2. These young adults are going to regret losing their virginity to someone other than thier spouse one day. Even though I am married I still have random dreams about one of my old boyfriends. These types of soul ties are never broken. My advise to any young adult would be not to link yourself with anyone accept your spouse.

  3. I’ve noticed during the summer they usually have shows like this. I believe last summer they had a show called Pregnant & Dating. it was mostly about Pregnant ladies dating while their bellies were fully visible and today Vh1 has a show called Naked and Dating.

  4. bro Edward , I have to say that I agree with your statement , about all that missing is christian porn! When I read that, I thought to myself that is a hot mess, but the way the church, the last day church, The Laodecean church would actually accept that….what a time we live in. Man we are soooo living in the last days….

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