Saturday, December 5, 2015

Dear Jane

I know I am late in the game, but I am obsessed with The CW's Jane the Virgin! If you haven't heard of it, it is about a girl, Jane, who gets artificially inseminated… you know, just watch the preview.

Totally crazy, right? Anyway, I watched the first season over Thanksgiving break and I cannot get enough.

So obviously the premise is that Jane is a virgin and that's what makes the pregnancy "miraculous". I love that she isn't a virgin because she is "weird" or hasn't found someone who wanted to have sex with her or that she belongs to some extreme religious cult that requires virgin sacrifices. Jane made a promise to her abuela and, more importantly, to herself that she would save herself for marriage.

It means a lot to me that the character has remained true to herself and her promise to not have sex until marriage. And that Michael and Rafael didn't dump her immediately when she told them her plan. It is nice to see a change in television where the main female character isn't caught up in sex scandal.

I also love the fact that the show shows Jane's struggle with temptation and giving into the moment. The show makes it a point to show that Jane isn't perfect. There are several instances in flashbacks and current situations where things get pretty heated, but either she catches herself or something happens where the moment is interrupted. And she feels grateful for being stopped and stopping herself because she knew she would have regretted giving into the moment.

It teaches that it's okay to be a virgin. Not everyone is having sex all the time, though the entertainment business is making it seem otherwise. You won't loose all your friends and end up dying alone because you want to wait. It's a choice or a promise that you make to yourself. And if that's not a promise you want to make that's okay too. It's your life and no one should judge you.

It is nice to see a character on television that a young audience can look up to. Jane is always trying to do the right thing and what is best for herself and for those she loves. Sure, she makes mistakes. But don't we all?

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