Sexual abstinence is the practice of voluntarily refraining from some or all aspects of sexual activity. Common reasons to deliberately abstain from the physical expression of sexual desire include religious or philosophical reasons (e.g. chastity), material reasons (to prevent conception (undesired pregnancy) or Sexually Transmitted Disease transmission), or to conform to legal regulations.
Sexual abstinence has been debated since ancient history, both in terms of same-sex and opposite-sex relationships.
Many religious and ethical systems proscribe sexual activities between a person and anyone other than a spouse of that person, including most denominational variations of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as have, historically, many legal systems and societal norms.
- Pure Love Club a popular advocacy group that encourages not only appropriate sexual abstinence, but true chastity in a full expression of love
- Real Love syndicated columnist and internationally recognized abstinence advocate also providing free articles
- Sex, AIDS, and the Pursuit of Happiness
- The PMSA Movement
- Chastity in Catholic Encyclopedia — a Christian view on chastity
- James W. Prescott, "Body pleasure and the origins of violence", The Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists, November 1975, pp. 10-20 online copy. Claims that somatosensory (including sexual) deprivation as minors causes violent behaviour of grown-ups.
- No New Money for Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs advocacy website
- WAIT "Washington AIDS International Teens"
- Social Determinants of Attitudes Towards Women's Premarital Sexuality Among Female Turkish University Students
Effectiveness of abstinence[change]
- CDC head previously endorsed abstinence only education "The study's findings are statistically significant..."
- Jill Colvin, Columbia Spectator March 29 2005, "Abstinence Study Finds Pledges Fail To Protect"
- Sabin Russell, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 February 2005, "Uganda's HIV rate drops, but not from abstinence: Study concludes basis of Bush policy apparently irrelevant"
- United States poll shows parents favoring abstinence-based education (Focus on the Family press release)
- Texas A&M study shows abstinence works: Students more likely to abstain
- Sex restriction and longevity: benefits/drawbacks based on current science