MTV is launching a new show on Wednesday, July 16 called “Virgin Territory,” which will explore 15 teens and young adults who, for whatever reason, are still virgins. The show will chronicle their journeys, whether it be trying to resist pressure to have sex or wanting to have sex and not being able to or struggling with not being sure what they want to do.
The premise of the show stemmed from a study MTV conducted in conjunction with the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy that showed that young adults overwhelmingly wish “popular media like movies and TV shows portrayed virginity in a more realistic way.”
At the 2014 TCA press tour panel, three young adults who are part of the show shared their stories with the press. Dominique Sullivan, 22, and Lisa Youngerman, 23, are two examples of cast members who have chosen to stay virgins until marriage.
“I decided to be a part of ‘Virgin Territory’ because I am a virgin and I am 22 years old and in the media, you really don’t see virgins at all,” says Sullivan. “We don’t get a lot of sunshine, we get a lot of slack. I felt like this is our time to tell our story … we can be virgins in today’s society, we can still have fun, we can still be young, but we can save ourselves. Don’t always have sex as the No. 1 priority. I wanted to show girls that you can be who you are without giving away your personal body.”
Panel member Alec Melger, 21, however is an example of another kind of cast member. “I love to talk about sex, but I’m not having it. … Abstinence isn’t for me,” says Melger with a laugh.
But he goes on to say in all seriousness that “we don’t get a comprehensive sex education in our schools … [kids] are not getting all the information they need,” which is a big reason he wanted to participate in “Virgin Territory.”
Melger also fielded a question about what “being a virgin” actually means and he says, “I think virginity is a very individual definition and you’ll see that on the show. … I view virginity as this thing you lose a little bit at a time with each thing that you do, so it’s completely based off what you believe and you’ll see that on the show, everyone has their own definition of it.”
“Virgin Territory” premieres Wednesday, July 16 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.