Christianity Johnson on 28 Jan 2009 01:06 am
The word is “saddlebacking” and it is defined here:
The word is an outgrowth of a very strange phenomenon witnessed in Christian teens. The phenomenon starts with “virginity pledges” and “purity balls”. You can learn more about purity balls here:
The balls and pledges have several unforeseen consequences, however, as described in the Time article:
The majority of kids who make a virginity pledge, they argue, will still have sex before marriage but are less likely than other kids to use contraception, since that would involve planning ahead for something they have promised not to do. This puts them at risk for sexually transmitted diseases. To which defenders say: Teen pledgers typically do postpone having sex, have fewer partners, get pregnant less often and if they make it through high school as virgins, are twice as likely to graduate from college–so where’s the downside?
In addition, many kids come up with innovative loopholes to get around the pledges. For example, they substitute oral and anal sex, and still claim “virginity”. Hence the new word.