Monthly Archives: April 2010

True Love Revolution Elects New Executive Board

Congratulations to our new 2010-2011 Executive Board!

President: Rachel Wagley, Class of 2011

Vice President of Speakers & Events: Megan Palos, Class of 2012

Vice President of Discourse: Patrick Spence, Class of 2012

Vice President of Publicity: Christopher Oppermann, Class of 2013

Treasurer: Rosemary Imms, Class of 2012

Campus Perception Consultant: Camila Sainz de la Pena, Class of 2012

To our graduating officers, Leo Keliher and Christina Giordano, we are very grateful for the time, commitment, and love that you poured into True Love Revolution. You’ve dedicated your energy to inspiring intellectual discourse at Harvard, and we will miss you. We wish you the best as you pursue your fantastic dreams!

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Marriage, Family Structure, and Society

Fifty students attended Dr. Pat Fagan’s talk on Monday evening, where we learned about the importance of marriage and family structure in understanding sociological and relational trends. Many thanks to all who made it out! Check out the Crimson’s coverage of the event.

For those interested in remembering any data/graphs/names that Dr. Fagan mentioned during his presentation, please contact us. If you would like to explore Dr. Fagan’s sociological work further, you can read many of his papers at his page on the Family Research Council website.

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TONIGHT – Restoring a Culture of Marriage

On Monday, April 19 (TONIGHT!) from 8-9 PM in Emerson 105, please join the True Love Revolution for Will You Marry Me? Restoring a Culture of Marriage.

Are you a fan of The Bachelor or Desperate Housewives?
Question the impact of cohabitation, sex, Hollywood culture, careerism, divorce, or family structure?
Wonder what role marriage plays in modern American society?
Engage in a discussion about the role of marriage in American society with expert Dr. Patrick Fagan!
Patrick F. Fagan is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Research on Marriage and Religion at the Family Research Council, where he examines the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community, and America’s social problems as illustrated in the social sciences research data.
A native of Ireland, Fagan earned his Bachelor of Social Science degree with a double major in sociology and social administration, and a professional graduate degree in psychology, and a Ph.D. in social policy from University College Dublin.

All students and community members are invited – We hope to see you there!

News Flash: Lady Gaga Makes Abstinence Cool

Lady Gaga in London’s Daily Mail: “I remember the cool girls when I was growing up. Everyone started to have sex. But it’s not really cool any more to have sex all the time. It’s cooler to be strong and independent.”

I wouldn’t call Lady Gaga’s endorsement of abstinence truly persuasive, especially as her statement leaves ample room for fair questions (Did sex used to be cool back in the day? Is abstinence now just a trend for cool girls?). But True Love Revolution is not usually in the habit of complaining when celebrities take a stand against sex-crazed Hollywood culture or the music industry. Nevertheless, celebrity endorsements of abstinence leave something to be desired as they conflate short-term abstinence with the true connotations and meaning behind the word.

Elizabeth Tenety is more persuaded, declaring in the Washington Post that Lady Gaga’s interview “made chastity cool.” While Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance song lyrics don’t exactly suggest putting the stops on sex, she encouraged her fans to leave sex behind. “I can’t believe I’m saying this — don’t have sex.” She continued later, “It’s OK to be whomever it is that you want to be,” she said. “You don’t have to have sex to feel good about yourself, and if you’re not ready, don’t do it.” To be fair, Lady G did add, “And if you are ready, there are free condoms given away at my concerts when you’re leaving!”

Lady Gaga, along with contestants on the most recent Bachelor series, are helping spur a new feminist movement that doesn’t view sexuality as the key to empowerment. I’m open to debating their effectiveness and even their intentions, but with magazines, music, TV shows, and movies portraying premarital sex as normal, it’s interesting to note that the stars of these mediums are urging young people to think twice.

Tenety in the Washington Post doesn’t stop with Lady G. She mentions Lenny Kravitz’s 2008 interview with Maxim magazine where he reveals that he’s been abstinent for three years, saying, “It’s just a promise I made until I get married. Where I’m at in life, the women have got to come with something else, not just the body, but the mind and spirit.”

The Jonas Brothers sport their purity rings left and right, and in the words of Joe, they represent “promises to ourselves and to God that we’ll stay pure till marriage.” Tenety points out that Jessica Simpson “famously waited for sex until her wedding to ex-husband Nick Lachey” and ‘”the world’s sexiest underwear model,” Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima told GQ in 2006 that she was a virgin and that as a Catholic she believes that “Sex is for after marriage.”’

If celebrities flaunt themselves sexually or continue singing sexual lyrics, can their stated commitments to abstinence truly benefit the discourse on the reasons abstinence is beneficial?

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Will You Marry Me? Restoring a Culture of Marriage

Are you a fan of The Bachelor or Desperate Housewives?


Question the impact of cohabitation, sex, Hollywood culture, careerism, divorce, or family structure?


Wonder what role marriage plays in modern American society?

On Monday, April 19 from 8-9 PM in Emerson 105, please join the True Love Revolution for Will You Marry Me? Restoring a Culture of Marriage.

Engage in a discussion about the role of marriage in American society with expert Dr. Patrick Fagan!

Patrick F. Fagan is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Research on Marriage and Religion at the Family Research Council, where he examines the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community, and America’s social problems as illustrated in the social sciences research data.
A native of Ireland, Fagan earned his Bachelor of Social Science degree with a double major in sociology and social administration, and a professional graduate degree in psychology, and a Ph.D. in social policy from University College Dublin.

All students and community members are invited – We hope to see you there!