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Senior Year, 1984: Chastity Club

by Wendy Lee Nentwig

Senior Year, 1984: Chastity Club

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Before the Glee gang started spreading the word about chastity clubs, before the Southern Baptists launched the True Love Waits campaign, before the Jonas Brothers slipped on those purity rings, well-intentioned girls (and boys) who vowed to pursue purity instead of partying had to find their own inspiration. The Bible covered the "thou shalt not" of premarital sex, but music helped to pass the time while they waited till their wedding nights. Ballads like "Sister Christian," cautionary tales like "Careless Whisper," empowering anthems like "Better Be Good to Me" and even sexy diversions like Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "Relax" (which suggests, uh, alternate activities) gave '80s teens encouragement when their hormones sent their resolve plummeting. So keep your legs crossed and your hands to yourself as you crank this up.