A series explores virginity and when to lose it

A series explores virginity and when to lose it

Posted: Updated:
  • NationalMore>>

  • How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry

    How Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, executions went awry

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:37 AM EDT2014-07-24 06:37:08 GMT
    By The Associated Press Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies. The...More >>
    By The Associated Press Since the start of the year, executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona have gone awry, with inmates gasping for breath as lethal drugs coursed through their bodies. The Associated...More >>
  • Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    Arizona inmate dies 2 hours after execution began

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:36 AM EDT2014-07-24 06:36:59 GMT
    The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for Arizona to carry out its third execution in the past year Wednesday following a closely watched First Amendment fight over the secrecy surrounding lethal injection drugs.More >>
    A condemned Arizona inmate gasped for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S.More >>
  • Wine collector set for sentencing in New York

    Wine collector set for sentencing in New York

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:35 AM EDT2014-07-24 06:35:32 GMT
    A California wine collector faces sentencing in New York after he was convicted of making up to $20 million from 2004 to 2012 by selling bogus bottles of wine.More >>
    A California wine collector the government has characterized as a prolific wine counterfeiter who sold at least $20 million in fake wine is set for sentencing on fraud charges.More >>
By FRAZIER MOORE
AP Television Writer

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - The media glorify sex, especially when targeting young people.

MTV's new docu-series "Virgin Territory" focuses on a range of 20-something virgins as they grapple with deciding when, if not as soon as possible, would be the right time to alter their status. The series premieres Wednesday at 11 p.m. EDT.

"I am a virgin," one of the show's subjects, 22-year-old Dominique Sullivan, told reporters Friday at the summer TV critics' tour. "In the media you don't see that many virgins at all. We don't get much sunshine. We get a lot of flak. We can still have fun - but we can also save ourselves."

Alongside her on the panel was Lisa Youngerman, who was no less prepared for the obvious question: Why did you agree to be on this reality show?

"I waited until I was married to have sex," said the 23-year-old Youngerman, who said her religious faith played a strong role in her waiting. "I wanted young girls and young men to see that this is a possible decision."

Youngerman laughed when asked how her family reacted to her doing the show: "What father doesn't love the idea that your daughter's not having sex?"

Alex Melger, 21, grew up in a small, conservative Arizona town where he felt he couldn't be openly gay. Then he became part of "Virgin Territory."

"I love talking about sex, but I'm not having it, though," he said. "How can I talk about it when I'm not having it?"

He proved up to the task.

"I think you're going to be surprised," he predicted for viewers of the show. "You're going to see women who want to lose it, women who want to keep it, men who want to lose it, men who want to keep it. It's going to change the way that we look at how each gender wants sex."

If most media make virginity seem like something to lose as quickly as possible, Melger acknowledged that the average person can't escape that widespread message.

"But you're your own person," he added. "You make your own decisions."

The stated aim of "Virgin Territory" is to highlight people who are making that kind of decision, and what led them to make it.

___

Contact Frazier Moore at http://twitter.com/tvfrazier .

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow