Last Tuesday on ABC’s new talk show, The Revolution, Tim Gunn admitted that he hadn’t had sex in 29 years. Yep, you read that right. 29 years.
Personally, my reaction was the same as another expert host of the show, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, who responded with “Tim, I would think you would have a line of suitors outside your door.”
“Do I feel like less of a person for it? No, not even remotely,” Gunn added. “I am a perfectly happy, fulfilled individual.” His decision to be celibate resulted out of an intense personal relationship that ended because his partner was impatient with Gunn’s sexual performance.
Even though many of us foster the image of Gunn as Project Runway’s designer mentor and former dean of Parsons, The New School of Design, he is still a real person with real relationships and real emotions. Can this type of fulfillment be acheived without sex by today’s youth? Do we depend on intimacy to be happy, especially at a college age?
CM recently ranked the Top 10 “Prude” Colleges in the U.S. where many campuses leave students without choice. At many of these schools, premarital sex is banned and can expell students for breaking this rule. The campuses are also without contraception or sexual health resources. Are these schools behind the times or does Gunn have the right idea?