We travel through life surrounded by single friends.
But where does that leave those who choose celibacy?
(And, we couldn’t be more proud.) Many of our readers have spoken out about their decisions to press pause on their sex lives and some expressed concern about how difficult dating can be once you’ve made the call. JEREMY BILLINGSLEY: One Sunday I was in church and the pastor was preaching about love and fornication and he was really trying to direct the sermon to the singles there, and I though to myself, outside of the church there really aren’t that many places where celibate singles can go that embraces that lifestyle and meet others on the same accord as them. BILLINGSLEY: Black is for anyone who is celibate or considering celibacy. We just want to bring those people together in a positive way.
Black founder Jeremy Billingsley noticed the same thing and put his entrepreneurial mind to work. Now as he continues to try to get the word out that Black is a convenient place to meet friends or lovers who share your values, Billingsley’s proud of what Black is offering our community. When like-minded singles can get together you’re going to get better results. And it’s for those looking to meet others with the same values.
We spend extended years living at home to pay off graduate debts and, when we finally fly the nest, all too often our early adulthood is a journey from unpaid intern work to low paid ‘getting on the ladder’ work.
Platonic Partners was set up eight years ago by Suzie King, a counsellor from Cambridge who is now 59, after she realised there was no forum for people like her who craved companionship and affection, yet had lost interest in the sexual side of life.‘The most consistent feedback has always been that sex can get in the way.
We associate sex with intimacy, but that’s often far from the truth.
The US National Health and Social Life conducted a survey to see how many people were actually in celibate relationships.
The studies found that twenty percent of the individuals studied were in completely sexless marriages.