This week Time Magazine had "A Brief History of Abstinence" following Bristol Palin's interview.
It does a decent job of explaining the history of abstinence from its biblical roots, noting most of the burden fell (and continues to fall) on the bride. The article also mentions that movements like True Love Waits claim that abstinence is the only way to prevent HIV infections.
The article, however, does not mention the shame many groups and religions place on those who have had sex.
I think the Black Kids said it best:
"If true love waits, its a big mistake
No need to feel ashamed."