Am I the only cynical mom who thinks the Jonas Brothers' public virginity vow is an alarming bunch of boy band crap?
As the mother of two daughters, I find this Disney G-rated marketing scheme a bit troubling. I'm prepared to equip my pre-adolescent girls with a bullshit meter for the obvious ploys used by hot-blooded boys since the beginning of time. But how do you train them to see through the pure-as-snow job coming from a tousle-haired teen hottie with a promise ring on his finger?
"I got mine made at Disney World. It's pretty awesome," Nick Jonas, 15, told Details magazine, which ran a story on the group earlier this year called "The Total Awesomeness of Being the Jonas Brothers" (http://men.style.com/details/blogs/thegadabout/2008/02/the-total-aweso.html#more). His brothers, ages 18 and 20, have been showing off their metal purity rings, too, vowing to save themselves until marriage.
Nothing like issuing a challenge to every horny, pubescent girl in the world. Everybody knows that teenage boys only think about three things:
1. Getting laid.
2. Playing sports to make themselves more appealing to girls so they can get laid.
3. Listening to music about getting laid.
Even if you don't think a 20-year-old virgin is … odd, the warning bell should go off when he starts bragging about it in public. The Jonas Brothers are the sons of Kevin Jonas Sr., a former Assemblies of God pastor and contemporary-Christian musician who now serves as one of their managers. Have you ever listened to Dusty Springfield's Son of a Preacher Man?
The only boy who could ever teach me,
Was the son of a preacher man,
Yes he was, he was, oh yes he was.
He wasn't teaching her Bible verses.
"They're good boys. They're saving themselves for marriage," a mom at school told me after taking her 10-year-old daughter to the Jonas Brothers concert in March at Fort Lauderdale's Bank Atlantic Center. Yeah, and "When You Look Me in the Eyes," one of the band's hit songs, is about the importance of eye contact during public speaking.
Mothers, don't say I didn't warn you! The Jonas Brothers' movie "Camp Rock" debuts June 20 on the Disney Channel. Their new album is due out in July. Remember: The last wholesome pop star vowing to stay a virgin until marriage was Britney Spears.