Virgin Villains: 4 Characters Who Make Waiting Look EvilJune 30th, 2013 by Mike
1. Hilary Faye from Saved
Hilary Faye is the arch-villain of the movie Saved (a well-written, bitter parody of Christianity). Hilary is the typical “evil queen cheerleader” type, multiplied by every bad Christian stereotype ever. She’s conceited, racist, vaguely anti-Semitic, and sickeningly self-entitled.
- Convinces the students at her Christian school to shun and condemn the main character for getting pregnant
- Tries to steal the heroine’s love interest out of spite
- Shames girls for getting abortions
- Equates gay people to perverts
- …all while preaching sexual purity and Godliness.
Attitude towards waiting…
Hilary Faye is painted as a true believer in waiting till marriage, in words and actions. She has no boyfriend, and no references are made to any kind of sexual past. Instead, she channels her (implied) sexual repression into acting hateful and judgmental towards everyone.
2. Veronica from Saved
Veronica is Hillary Faye’s acid-tongued sidekick. She’s fond of yelling “fornicators!” at new couples and warning them that they’re going to Hell for having sex.
Attitude towards waiting…
Veronica is blatantly hypocritical about waiting till marriage, so much so that her hypocrisy is a running joke in Saved. In one scene she will lash out at people for having premarital sex, and then a few scenes later she’s shown alone in her room, begging God’s forgiveness for her own sexual past.
3. Quinn Fabray from Glee (season 1)
Quinn Fabray is another “evil queen cheerleader” type and stars as the villain of the hit TV show Glee, a musical comedy-drama centering around a High School glee club. Quinn changes over the course of the series, but in the first season she is basically every negative stereotype about waiters-till-marriage all rolled into one.
- Screams at her boyfriend for joining the glee club because “people will think you’re gay now.”
- Tells the sweet adopted girl that her parents “should sell her back.”
- Agrees to spy on the glee club to help arch-villain Coach Sylvester destroy the club from the inside.
- Cheats on her niceguy boyfriend with the bad boy (makes the nice guy wait, has sex with the bad boy).
- …all while wearing a cross necklace and preaching celibacy.
Attitude towards waiting…
Quinn is president and founder of the school’s Celibacy Club. She cheerfully repeats the club’s motto: “Remember, it’s all about the teasing and not about the pleasing!” while lecturing her entourage about the importance of staying pure and not going all the way.
She’s also a comically-huge hypocrite. In one scene, she makes out with her boyfriend, feels guilty, and stops in the middle to pray. The next episode reveals that Quinn has been cheating on her dutiful boyfriend (and having sex) with the school’s bad boy/bully character. By episode 4, Quinn is pregnant with the bad boy’s baby, and tries to convince her dutiful boyfriend (who’s been waiting on her) that it’s his.
4. Mary Anne Bryant from Easy A
In Easy A, Mary Anne Bryant is the leader of the fictional Cross Your Heart Club, a group (as the main character puts it) “Dedicated to shoving their beliefs down peoples’ throats.” The main character of Easy A is Olive, played by Emma Stone. As Olive struggles to deal with nasty rumors about her sexual history, Mary Anne Bryant fuels the rumors and socially tortures her.
- Lobbies (via student protest) to change the school’s team name from “The Blue Devils” to “The Woodchucks” because “Blue Devils” was too Statanic.
- Spreads rumors about Emma Stone’s character being promiscuous (even though Emma Stone is a virgin in the movie).
- Forms a student protest against Emma Stone’s character, waves signs that say “Olivie is a Slut,” tries to force Olive (Emma Stone) to leave school.
- Drags her troubled boyfriend into her lectures about sexual purity like an obedient puppy (even though he’s secretly sleeping with one of the married teachers).
- Gets upset when her boyfriend’s parents divorce, because she’s worried about what other people will think.
- …all while wearing a cross necklace, holding prayer sessions, and lecturing everyone about abstinence and sexual purity.
Attitude towards waiting…
Marry Anne is a true believer, like Hillary Faye from Saved. She doesn’t have sex, so she’s not technically hypocritical. But she’s also miserable and clearly channeling some kind of repression into rage and cruelty. For her, sexual purity is something that makes her better than other people, something she can hold over people’s heads and condemn them with, and something that gives her power.
Side note: If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend watching Easy A. It might look like the type of movie that you’d dislike as a waiter-till-marriage. The previews suggest that it glorifies promiscuity and villainizes abstinence, but it’s more about skewering the idea of caring at all what other people decide to do about sex, including waiting. Without giving too much away: The hero of the movie (Emma Stone’s Olive) is a virgin.
Are these characters accurate depictions of those who wait?
The above characters are four of the most popular depictions of waiters-till-marriage in television and film, and they all have one thing in common: They’re all teenagers. Imagine if every cause were represented by its youngest members.
For comparison, the average age of members in the WTM.org community is around 22-years-old. The average waiter-till-marriage is older and more mature than the waiters featured as TV/movie characters. Their hormones have cooled down, they’ve grown to know themselves better, and they don’t need as much drama to keep them stimulated.
So on average, we’re more tolerant and less preachy than the villains on this list, but derivatives of these bad attitudes still linger in some of us (myself included).
What can we learn from these bad examples?
Bad quality #1: They’re angry about waiting
Scroll back up and look at the faces of all those characters. Notice the expression? Their faces are pinched with contempt, and (if you watch the movies) their voices are sharp and grating — they’re angry about waiting. It shouldn’t be that way. If you feel deeply angry about waiting for prolonged periods of time, you’re doing it wrong.
There’s no shame in feeling bitter, or alone, or resentful about waiting sometimes. You’re going to have those days. But most of the time, your decision to wait should be something you’re happy about. If it’s not, take time to figure out why it’s making you miserable, before that nameless frustration burns you alive.
Prolonged anger about waiting is a sign that that you feel torn between what you want and what you have. Maybe you want to have sex with your boyfriend/girlfriend, but you feel pressure from your church to wait. Or maybe you like waiting, and you really hope that you find another waiter to date/marry, but nobody around you seems to care about waiting like you do.
Bad quality #2: They try to force waiting on others
You’re entitled to feel angry and bitter about waiting. It’s a noble choice, but it gets hard sometimes; I think most non-waiters can understand that. And as long as you only talk about your own struggles with waiting, you’ll get lots of support and sympathy. But the instant you try to force your bitterness on others, then you become a villain.
If you can think of your decision to wait as yours alone, completely unrelated to what other people do, then you will never end up looking like the characters on this list.