Hi fellow TeenFic writers. I have an idea and a few questions. I’d love to hear all opinions even if they are different than mine.
I feel as though TeenFic writers have a bit more responsibility with how our stories portray certain topics, since our target audience is usual one that is young and impressionable. I’ve read a lot of teen fic novels that touch on virginity and some that even revolve around it. Usually the girl is seen as “good, pure and innocent” if she hasn’t had sex and the boys are seen as “pathetic” or “less of a man”
We’ve seen the virginal girl in most hit stories.
Twilight- Edward didn’t want to steal her virtue.
FSOG- She was more attractive to him because no other man has touched her.
After- ^ same as FSOG, completely fetishizes virginity and likes dresses that make her look pure and virginal.
I really want to challenge these concepts in my story. I was thinking of two of my characters having a discussion about this. My MC is a “virgin” and will not have sex in the book. I’d like for her to challenge someone for saying “lose your virginity.” As if it is something that makes her less than before.
On that same note, I want it to be clear that not having had sex before and waiting for as long as you want is okay as well. For men and women.
I worry however that people will think that I’m somehow encouraging readers to go out and have sex.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Do you have any suggestions on how to handle this so that it comes out that whether you are a virgin or not does not define whether or not you are pure or attractive?
Is this a point of view that you think would be better off avoided or left out of the story?