After having a conversation about celebrities that refrain from partaking in sexual activity, the predominant perception was that it is improbable that they are not having sex. I’d imagine having celebrity status adds a significant level of difficulty to the equation simply because there are so many more people throwing themselves at you. Even for the Average Joe, practicing abstinence or celibacy would be a challenging endeavour. I wonder, would I be able to do such a thing? Why would anyone want to refrain from something so beautiful? If I really wanted to take the thought seriously, I had to fully understand what the practices are about. Many people don’t know the full reasoning behind them or that there are differences between the two.
Many people are often confuse or combine abstinence and celibacy as if they have identical principles. Both practices are more comprehensive than simply refraining from having sex. Sexual abstinence is self-enforced restraint from indulging in bodily activities that are widely perceived as pleasures. Celibacy is abstaining from marriage and sexual relations all together. Once you have a clearer understanding of the two, it becomes easier to understand why they are important. People on the outside choose to make the focal point of them about sex.
Everyone that I know who practices either of the two do so for various reasons. Some of them for religious purposes, and others for their own personal preferences. There are also some pretty solid benefits that accompany practicing abstinence. It’s the only surefire way to avoid sexaully transmitted diseseses and unplanned pregnancy. Unless something drastically life changing happens to sway my personal stance, I doubt that these practices are for me, but how would it influence my romantic relationships if I encountered a partner that practices sexual abstinence? Of course, in a perfect world, an emotional connection is suppose to trump physical, but things don't always work out that way.
I have a ton of respect for anyone practicing abstinence because it is a challenge for each partner involved, and it takes a special kind of person to refrain from those certain pleasures. I would not be able to partake in a sexless relationship. For me, the feeling of intimacy provided by physically connecting with my partner in the bedroom is paramount in a relationship. I feel that in order to maintain a healthy relationship the two must go hand-in-hand. A lack thereof could lead to situations like infidelity. Many relationships end due to issues surrounding physical intimacy, so I can't be the only person that feels this way. Perhaps abstinence would be an easier pill for me to swallow outside of being in a committed relationship.