As if dating hasn’t already been increasingly difficult to navigate, uttering that you’re “waiting” can make the dating pool exceptionally smaller as a 33-year-old abstaining woman like myself. Available bachelors who are on the same page, or at least willing to honor my values of perceiving sex as a sacred exchange between a husband and wife, can be the equivalent of finding a needle in a haystack.
I get it—we have needs. Sexual desire and an innate appreciation for physical touch is a complex interplay of psychological, physiological and hormonal factors. Nevertheless, this confluence of emotions that often fast-track to casual sex can leave you bitter and broken if the supposed relationship goes south. Rather than take my chances, I would prefer to wait for a tighter bond and a formal commitment.
Now, I’m not insinuating that abstinence leaves me immune to heartbreak because I’ve been there. It’d be naive for me to assert that love isn’t one of the riskiest acts to bet on, regardless of your decision to choose an abstinent lifestyle or not. Yet, I firmly believe building a solid foundation of self-control, respect and patience for my partner is what will sustain my marriage despite the inevitable ups and downs with my future husband.