Have you ever wondered just how «pure» you really are?
We all have sexual fantasies that range from «vanilla» to full-on «deviant», but rarely are those fantasies ever acted on. Fantasies don’t define purity—it’s actions and behavior that affect just how pure you really are.
A team of students at Rice University put together a 100-question survey (known popularly as the Rice Purity Test) to determine the purity of those who took it. The questions ranged from everyday things to some highly deviant behavior, not as a way to judge participants, but to quantify their level of purity.
A Look at the Rice Purity Test Questions
The questionnaire (click here) starts out with the disclaimer, «Caution: This is not a bucket list. Completion of all items on this test will likely result in death.» Considering that this was given to college students, it would take a truly sexually active person to complete all 100 actions by their early 20s.
The questions start out pretty mild:
- Have you ever held hands romantically?
- Have you ever been in a relationship?
- Have you ever kissed a non-family member on the lips?
All pretty normal stuff for our modern world of dating, right? A few questions down, things start to amp up a bit:
- Have you ever kissed or been kissed on the breast?
- Have you ever kissed someone below the belt?
- Have you ever played a game that involved stripping?
By the time you hit the 25th question, things start to turn sexual in nature:
- Have you ever undressed or been undressed by a member of your preferred sex?
- Have you ever fondled or had your breasts fondled?
- Have you ever had an orgasm due to someone else’s manipulation?
The farther you go into the questionnaire, the more intense the questions get:
- Have you ever used a sex toy with a partner?
- Have you ever used marijuana?
- Have you ever run from the police?
- Have you ever had sexual intercourse in four or more positions?
- Have you ever traveled 100 miles or more for the primary purpose of sexual intercourse.
By the time you hit the 90s, you get to the really «deviant» behavior:
- Have you ever had sexual intercourse with five or more partners?
- Have you ever had anal sex?
- Have you ever paid or been paid for a sexual act.
Once you answer all 100 questions, you hit the «Calculate My Score» button at the bottom and let the computer algorithm do the work of determining your Purity Score.
What Your Purity Score Means
98-100 – You are as pure as it gets. Like unrealistically pure!
94-97 – You’re very pure, but you’ve still had a bit of romantic experience
77-93 – You’re about «average» pure, yet you’ve «been around the block» enough to know what’s what.
45-75 – You know how to party, and you’ve probably been involved in a few less-than-legal activities or done some sexual things that the average person hasn’t.
9-44 – You are hardcore and have seen more than your share of sexual and extra-legal activity.
0-8 – You’re among the 1% of 1% that ever gets a score this low, which means you’ve done some truly deviant things.
Why the Rice Purity Test is Wrong
Whatever the motive was that led to the creation of the Rice Purity Test, the truth is that the test can’t be seen as just «harmless fun». Why is that? Simple: rankings can lead to shaming.
In an environment where purity is highly regarded, there is a risk that students with low purity scores will be shunned, rejected, or despised. In an environment where promiscuity is promoted, those that have abstained from sexual activity (and therefore have a high purity score) will face ridicule and similar rejection from their peers.
College is already a tough enough environment for the average student without adding the element of «purity» to it. It creates a sense of inequality and just gives people an excuse to spurn, ridicule, or avoid others. Essentially, it creates labels (from «goody two-shoes» to «sexual deviant») that alienates and establishes a visible divide between people.
A test can’t tell you who you are or what you stand for, so you shouldn’t place so much emphasis on rankings or scores.
On the flip side, if you take the test in the right frame of mind, it can be a fun way to see just how adventurous you are. Sex is perfectly normal and natural, and it is meant to be enjoyed in all its forms. Everyone has their own «boundaries», but those limitations and restrictions shouldn’t be imposed upon them. It’s up to each person to experience a healthy, liberated sex life according to their own system of values.
If you want to take the Rice Purity Test, feel free (here is the link again) to answer the questions for your own personal enjoyment or edification. It could be a whole lot of fun and help you see that you’ve actually experienced a lot more in life than you believed!