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Famous virgin Britney Spears now admits she's tempted. Something's changing in the way she teases us.

Published May 29, 2001 7:42PM (EDT)

Like all virgins, Britney Spears has a lot to say about sex. She resists briefly when interviewers ask for the intimate details, but usually gives in and does so with all the whimpering prudishness of a multimillion-dollar tease.

"I want to wait to have sex until I'm married. I do. I want to wait," she told Us Weekly in the latest issue. "But it's hard."

(The 19-year-old star said that just moments after saying this about her boyfriend: "Have we had sex? That's something that, you know, I'd like to keep personal. I want to try to keep a personal life.")

Parents have long pointed out Spears' virgin-whore problem -- that it's unsettling for the unruined prig to wave her navel around is old news. But the singer's latest confession suggests that she's toying with us in a far more sophisticated manner than we might have suspected.

Spears has transcended her garden-variety coquettishness and now seems to be staging a full-scale public discussion over whether she should wait. It used to be that she was simply a virgin; now that she's a tempted virgin, it's as if the entire reading public has been recruited into a sex debate. The terms mimic those employed in high school parking lots nightly: Spears is the abstentious-cum-reluctant lover, and Us Weekly subscribers are presumably the 17-year-old boyfriends sniffling, Don't you love me?

For those who argue that nobody actually cares about a dopey pop singer's flesh, consider the incredible popularity of fake Britney photos on porn sites, and the $2 million a putatively sports-focused magazine offered her to disrobe. Even if her sex appeal is a myth she herself created, she's convinced a lot of people.

How long we'll all have to wait is unclear. Spears says she's crazy about her 20-year-old boyfriend, 'N Sync star and childhood friend Justin Timberlake. The two are permitted to vacation together, all alone but for a bodyguard. What's it like when the bodyguard leaves the room? We'll just have to read the next interview.

By Chris Colin

Chris Colin is the author most recently of "Blindsight," published by the Atavist.

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