Dannah’s TED Talk


“Have you had sex with this man?” Dannah Gresh asked that question of an audience staring at a big screen photo of NFL football player Tim Tebow during TEDxPSU on March 16th. The audience of nine hundred, mostly Penn State University students, was challenged to consider if it was possibly intolerance of virginity that led the media to print the question along with the offer of a one million dollar ransom for anyone who could prove they’d taken Tebow’s virginity. She then used social science to debunk the myths that perpetuate the lie that those who embrace their virginity are doomed to have bad sex, proving not only that those who reserve sex for marriage have great sex but when you have sex with anyone “your body makes a promise whether you do or not.

TED is a globally recognized, by-invitation-only think tank of speeches used by educators and students and is billed as “ideas worth spreading.” Dannah proposed that tolerance for virginity was an idea worth spreading and was invited to present. If Gresh’s speech gets enough traffic it will be moved to the main TED website and the idea of tolerance for virginity will be promoted across the globe. Please consider sharing it on your Facebook page, Twitter feed, or through email.