All of my experiences and research won't be able to be contained to just one post because there is quite a bit that encompasses this, so I'm going to have to break it down.
For now, I want to focus on the competing messages out there and what's behind them.
These messages can be disguised, dressed-up, masqueraded as freedom, or labeled health care but the majority of them aren't about purity. Purity and self-respect and respecting others is quickly mocked and laughed off as unrealistic and unattainable. What is being advertised on a daily basis is part of a hedonistic society where pleasure is worshiped and responsibility is getting the finger. It's the resounding message in virtually everything - let's talk financially for instance. What's the majority of advertising promoting having to do with our money? It's not saving and waiting but rather buy now, pay later. The message about sex is no different - the bottom line is buy now, pay later and our culture has come up with all these ways how and why you can.
While I'm speaking about finances, if you haven't looked at the financial statements of some of the leading abortion providers in our country lately, I urge you to be informed. Last time I checked, which was awhile ago, I saw lots and lots of dollar signs. We are talking about a billion dollar business easily. Like anything else - from human trafficking to pornography to pharmaceutical companies - abortion is a business and the messages attached are going to be for the purpose of self-promotion. It is heart-rending that the buying and selling of human life is a daily occurrence with many different forms.
I do want to point out that the message about purity is free. Purity doesn't cost you anything upfront, rather it's an investment in yourself. You are worth it. It is realistic. It can be attained. Is it hard to live out? Sometimes, especially with a counter message constantly being shoved down your throat everywhere you turn. I'll get into the importance of guarding yourself and ways to do that in another post.
Be aware of what the underlying messages that come at you are and take note of who is promoting them, what the reasons are behind them and the way that they are being presented. The sexual revolution message is loud and totally unapologetic, no matter how in-your-face it is. Contrast that with messages about purity which are so soft sometimes that it's a whisper and you have to be paying attention in order to hear it.
I am also unapologetic. In the end, it's purity that will win out. The call to purity is not going away or backing down, it's not intimidated or cowering, it's true freedom that isn't ashamed, but is confidently rejoicing in how we were created and knowing that we are 100% protected - protected from disease, protected from a broken heart, protected from being used and disrespected, protected from unwanted pregnancy, protected from financial burden, protected from stress and worry.
I choose purity because I have walked through the opposite of that and it's much much harder than waiting and trusting in God's plan for me.