“I’m a virgin and totally okay with it. I’m wanting to wait, but I feel like I’m being judged.”
We hate you’re feeling that way, because the truth is not everybody your age is having sex (even though it may seem like they are). In fact, 42% of high school students in Mississippi are NOT having sex.
There’s nothing wrong about being abstinent at any age. Having sex doesn’t make you more grown-up — in fact, waiting is one of the most mature decisions you can make. And it’s your decision. No one else’s.
If friends or people at school are giving you a hard time about waiting, you could say something like “I’m just too busy to stress about things like STDs and pregnancy right now” or “I respect your personal decisions, so please respect mine” or don’t say anything. Your sex life is your business, and you don’t owe anyone an explanation.