‘Inside Edition’ correspondent: Why I waited until marriage to have sex
NEW YORK, NY, May 1, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Megan Alexander is known for being the New York City Correspondent for the gossip tabloid show and website Inside Edition. This week, Alexander decided to open up a little about her personal life, explaining how she "accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in about 7th grade and made" the decision to be sexually abstinent until marriage.
Alexander told Fox News that she wants people to know that "it's okay to wait [to have sex] if you want to." A narrator also says that Alexander opened up "to provide an alternative view of sex in a world where sex before marriage is almost expected."
Her decision contrasts with the often public sexcapades of much of her industry. “I don't think it's so uncommon around the world and around America in everyday life" to abstain from sex until marriage, she said, "but in the entertainment industry it's definitely not popular.”
Alexander, who has been with Inside Edition since 2007, married husband Brian Cournoyer in 2008. She said that they set boundaries for their relationship, and that helped keep her celibate until their wedding day.
Alexander's views on abstinence came to light after she wrote for WHOAwomen Magazine on why "Marriage Still Matters." In it, she says modern young people "live for ourselves, not each other, and we wonder why there are so many broken homes and broken lives in our culture."
She also wrote that keeping busy, "setting goals," and having a boyfriend who shared her views on chastity really helped. While Cournoyer was not a virgin when they began dating, he willingly sought "a 'second virginity'" with Alexander.
"Brian and I still attend a marriage Sunday school class and touch base with a marriage counselor or pastor. Just as you head to the doctor once a year to make sure you are healthy, your marriage needs a 'checkup' once in a while,” she said.
In addition to telling young people "don't look to Hollywood for advice on marriage," Alexander said things weren't exactly perfect on their wedding night. "We put way too much pressure on ourselves to have the sexual aspect of our marriage all figured out." She wrote that her husband said, "Well, honey, we have the rest of our lives to work on it!" on the honeymoon, which was part of the communication she calls "essential."
Alexander's column delved into how it's important to "be a team" as a married couple, and support the goals of the other. But for unmarried people, she writes that "it is never too early to prepare for your future marriage. Value yourselves and treat your bodies like temples."
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For women, she advises, "Play 'hard to get.' Cover up your curves and let boys get to know you for your mind and soul first."
For men, she says "I encourage you to seek a 'partner'...who believes in your dreams and will support you in all areas of your life. Look beyond the physical for someone who will be your best friend and biggest cheerleader."
"When the going gets tough, you want a girl who will grab your hand and kneel down next to the bed with you," wrote Alexander.
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