Have you ever watched Virgin Diaries on TLC? Even if you haven’t, you may recognize this clip:
This is the kind of kiss that you want to laugh about in private later, not have it live on Youtube in infamy so others can squirm with second-hand embarrassment while watching it.
I watched the first episode of this show back in November, and not all of the virgins featured in the episode were as awkward as the poor couple in the first clip. But it certainly reeked of reality television posturing. One of the plots revolved around a group of women who were all virgins (well, one was a “reclaimed” virgin). They all went on a group date with an equal number of attractive men who were – surprise! virgins too. Wow, what are the odds?
The major problem I have with this show is they find the most socially-awkward people as a representation of “older virgins” and use these people in their marketing campaigns to attract attention for the show. It’s exploitative and ridiculous, and perpetuates the stereotype that older virgins are losers, outcasts, or social freaks.
That’s far from the truth. There are plenty of normal, well-adjusted, accomplished adults out there who happen to be virgins for many reasons, and they aren’t as uncommon as popular culture leads you to believe. I have plenty of friends who lost their virginity in their twenties, or who are still virgins for various reasons. I’m not about to delve into my private life in a public forum, but it’s safe to say that I lost my virginity well after 17, which is the average for American women.
Apparently, this show is returning next month with a new batch of older virgins to exploit. I know I won’t be watching.