Abstinence Comes to Kmart

June 23, 2008

If you’ve been to your local Kmart recently, you might have spotted the latest and greatest in girls’ fashion. Kmart is selling sweat pants that have the message “True Love Waits” written—of all places—across the backside.

Abstinence-only sweat pants

If you’ve ever participated in an abstinence-only-until-marriage program, you’re probably familiar with the “true love waits” message. Abstinence-only-until-marriage programs urge teens to wait until they marry their “true love” to have sex. And while abstinence is the only 100-percent effective way to protect yourself from STDs and unplanned pregnancy, we’ve got a few questions for Kmart:

  • So it’s not “true love” if you have sex before marriage?
  • If you can’t legally get married because you’re gay, lesbian or bisexual, does that mean you should never have sex?
  • Where are the “True Love Waits” pants for boys? Doesn’t the message apply to them, too?
  • Why on earth would you have the message “True Love Waits” across your butt?!

Is Kmart trying to make abstinence-only sexy? Seems more like a mixed message to us.

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