Lady Gaga probably shocked shock jock Howard Stern with her views on sex while being interviewed on his radio show -- the over-the-top singer who often spouts sexually-charged lyrics in her songs seems to believe that abstinence is the answer for her fans.
Gaga said of teens having sex, "You should wait as long as you can to have sex, because as a woman, you don't even begin to enjoy it until your mid-twenties. When you're seventeen, you don't even know how to operate what's going on down there and you shouldn't try."
Of course Gaga isn't the first celeb to speak out about teens having sex, a subject that often causes controversy and sparks debates about how to best protect teens from the risks of becoming sexually active. Here are some other celebs' thoughts on the matter:
This teen pop star's serious relationship with Selena Gomez has sparked some serious concerns about what the teen couple does when they're traveling around the world unsupervised. The Biebs was questioned about whether or not he believes in abstinence before marriage during a Rolling Stone interview earlier this year, but he tried to skirt the issue by stating, "I think you should just wait for the person you're...in love with." (That's probably not the response that his parents and Selena's parents wanted to hear).
The Jonas Brothers
However, his pop predecessors the Jonas Brothers were adamant about making their belief in abstinence known, and even wore promise rings so that the whole world would know that they were abstaining from sex until marriage. During a 2008 interview Joe Jonas described the bands as "promises to ourselves and to God that we'll stay pure till marriage," with his brother Nick Jonas adding that they were "just one of our ways of kind of like being different than everybody else out there." Of course Kevin Jonas doesn't have to worry about abstaining anymore now that he's married, but his brothers' purity would definitely get a little scrutiny these days. Joe has been linked to Ashley Greene, Demi Lovato, Camilla Belle, and Taylor Swift in the past, and he was recently spotted flirting with model Karlie Kloss at the Foundation Polo Challenge earlier this month (one of the events that Prince William and Kate Middleton attended while visiting the U.S.). The other unmarried brother has been linked to the Bieb's current squeeze and Miley Cyrus, but has most recently been seen out and about with Aussie Delta Goodrem, a pretty pop star that's eight years older than the 18-year-old. So you decide if the brothers still believe in abstinence until marriage or not.
Speaking of the Jo bros, this "American Idol" star stood up for their beliefs in a rather bad way at the 2008 MTV VMAs. Comedian Russell Brand had been poking fun at their purity rings before Jordin came onstage to present an award, and she felt compelled to respond to Brand's bashing of the symbolic bands. Sparks said to the audience, "I just have one thing to say about promise rings. It's not bad to wear a promise ring, because not everybody '" guy or girl '" wants to be a slut." Oops. The upset star failed to stop and think that every ringless girl might not be a slut (and probably vice versa -- some sexually active teens probably wore the rings because they were just trendy at the time). Sparks later said of the incident, "I wish I would've worded it differently '" that somebody who doesn't wear a promise ring isn't necessarily a slut '" but I can't take it back now. It was a split-second thing, and it came out kind of wrong. Still, I don't regret it."
This TV host had some rather shocking things to say about teen sex and the unwanted pregnancies that can result from it. Back in May Chels let the New York Times know exactly what she thinks of the reality show "16 and Pregnant." She said of the controversial MTV series, "Getting rewarded for being pregnant when you're a teenager? Are you serious? I mean, that makes me want to kill somebody." She went on to reveal something shocking about her own teen sex life when she stated, "I had an abortion when I was 16. Because that's what I should have done. Otherwise I would now have a 20-year-old kid. Anyway, those are things that people shouldn't be dishonest about it." So no wonder she's not a fan of the next person on this list.
Back in 2009, Sarah Palin's teen mom daughter talked about how hard it was being a young mother, but she didn't seem to agree with her mom that abstinence-only education was the way to prevent other young women from finding themselves in similar situations (well, obviously her mother's preferred method of teen pregnancy prevention didn't work out so well in her own household). Bristol said of her views on birth control at the time, "Everyone should be abstinent and whatever but it's not realistic at all because...it's more and more accepted now among kids my age." However, fast forward a few years and a few hundreds of thousands of dollars later, and Bristol is making bank by being an abstinence ambassador for the Candie's Foundation. So while abstinence didn't work for her when she was a teen, working for abstinence is definitely making her life better now.
Even sex tape star Kim K has sounded off on her disapproval of teen sex (at least the kind that results in babies and MTV appearances). Earlier this year she posted on her blog, "It seems that shows like 'Teen Mom' are all of a sudden making teen pregnancy seem cool in the eyes of young girls. The kids from these shows are all over the news, even on the covers of magazines, and have become almost like celebrities, but girls, these are not people you should idolize!" Well, Kim does have a point, even though she's not exactly the best role model herself. Her blog post angered "Teen Mom" star Amber Portwood, who fired back, "She made a sex tape when she was younger and she wants to bash the girls on 'Teen Mom'?" Amber went on to say, "We may be 'celebrities' because our face is out there, but it's only because we've done some bad things. That's not glamorous." She also has a point, and hopefully her custody battle, felony domestic battery charges, and the news that she recently tried to commit suicide helps to convince girls that getting pregnant to get on MTV is not the best life decision.
So what do you think about these celeb's thoughts about teen sex? Do you think purity rings are a good thing, and was Gaga's abstinence message a good one? And do shows like "Teen Mom" tempt teens to have sex and get pregnant? Sound off in the comments!
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