I’ll never forget the day my boyfriend in college told me a story about a mother who loved folding laundry. I can’t remember what prompted his sharing, but I bet it had something to do with a sarcastic comment I made about the drudgery of motherhood.
Marc Barns of Bad Catholic recently wrote a post that included his dislike of the phrase “emotional chastity." I read the article. I read the comments. I thought about commenting. Then I decided to just write an entire post. As someone who gives talks on what one would consider the topic of emotional chastity, I couldn’t help but respond to clarify a few things on the concept.
Seriously, I don’t want to write this post. I’ve been avoiding it for weeks. Just writing the word chastity makes me feel lame. I wish we had a cooler word to convey the same concept, but any synonyms that I can think of sounds equally awkward. And every time I go to put my thoughts down on how to be chaste while dating I feel like an elderly prude who’s advising you to wear a chastity belt and preserve your special virtue. But my desire for you to be free from the baggage that comes with deviating from God’s plan for human sexuality outweighs my lack of desire to write about some very practical ways to stay the course. So let’s embrace the awkward together and move on because if you follow these eight chastity preservers for couples, I can almost guarantee that you and your sweetheart will remain pure… even without chastity belts.
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