Something that I and my fellow classmates have (awkwardly) been discussing in our advisory is sex. We have talked a lot about issues like STDs/STI's, HIV, homosexuals, and the media's influence. In this blog post, I will focus particularly on the idea of abstinence/celibacy, and elaborate on how I'd feel if the people I admire support it.
For one, I really think that celibacy and other intercourse-related issues are left for individuals to decide. I personally feel that I should remain abstinent until marriage, but that's just because of my moral beliefs; I don't want to endanger myself or my partner through indecisive sexual activities. To me, it is improper to engage in sexual activities unless I know the full consequences and truly love someone for an extended period of time. However, I don't want to impose my opinion on others, and only advise that people generally remain smart in their sexual dealings.
As for how my role models play a role in this, my advisor provided a good question by asking how I'd take it if they were in support or against abstinence. Honestly and quite frankly, I don't care. Whether the people I look up to are Mormons with 20+ children or 100-year old virgins, as long as their hearts and beliefs are in the right place, i can't argue with them. Of course, that's not to say that all of their sexual activities can be justified. I can have no respect for a man or a woman who has unrestricted amounts of sex for solely personal benefit, and does not keep the well being of his/her spouse(s) in mind. Those kinds of people are downright jerks, and I would not look up to them even if they act with perfection in every other way. Thankfully, though, my main role models are my parents and philosophers like Socrates, both of which probably wouldn't act so insensitive.