Enuma Okoro looks at The Bachelor and our paradoxical obsession with virginity (here).
“Why does Sean, or any Christian for that matter, feel the need to reclaim his virginity? Is it a matter of being pure before God? Well, even those of us who believe that sex is best when shared within marriage can agree that no one is ever pure before God, virgin or not. Christians who have had sex before marriage and realize they want to practice abstinence need not rebrand themselves as “virgins.” God’s grace covers that for us. Our identity in Christ is enough to cleanse our pasts whatever they contain. The fact that people long after the virgin label, enough to reclaim it after they are no longer virgins, reflects a heavy, but ill-defined, indoctrination of purity in today’s church.”