I have yet to experience it, but I would have to be deaf to not hear about the sex lives of my friends, or even random strangers at bars. With all jokes aside, my emotional fear of having sex has overcome my physical desires. To some, sex is just sex and virginity is just a social construct. There are many fears I associate with losing my virginity.
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I'm 21 and still a virgin. I grew up in a religious, conservative family in a religious, conservative country where dating and sex before marriage aren't the norm. However, I've never really been the religious, conservative type myself, so I've dated around. I've been seriously considering losing my virginity, but I'm scared, mainly of the pain, both physical and emotional, and regretting my decision not to wait longer although my upbringing probably has something to do with that.
Why I Now Feel Confident, Not Terrified, About Losing My Virginity
I feared losing my virginity like a millennial year-old fears social media embarrassment. And it was rarely, if ever, depicted in the sitcoms and films that our parents banned us from watching because we were too young. For me, there was no bleeding, no terrible pain and, funnily enough, I was able to walk just fine after it. This is totally fine.
Throughout the next few months, HuffPost Teen is highlighting the way teens think and feel about sex through anecdotes written for our series, " Teen Sex: It's Complicated. If you want to share your thoughts, join the conversation here. I attribute this to my homeschooling. I traded in the ordinary social existence of a teenager for travel with my nomadic parents. I traded raging keggers for cocktail parties in London and Sydney, where I was only ever surrounded by adults, where I was occasionally given a glass of champagne.