Do you remember when you played “Would You Rather” at an awkward middle school sleepover? I’m sure you did and cringed at the thought of recalling that memory. Well, now is the moment to go back in time and think about what you’ve done (and who you’ve done) since then. The Rice Purity Test is an online innocence test that has been popularized by high schoolers and even more so, college students. The test is formatted as a checklist where you click an activity that they've done. In the end, the score you receive determines how innocent you are. The website does suggest that this is not a bucket list, and that if you've checked off all of these, it could result in death. While this isn’t a test to take 100% seriously, treat it as such. You never know if your other friends have taken it and are waiting for you to share your score with them.
The test is formatted as a checklist starts off with common romantic gestures such as asking if you've ever held hands romantically with someone to go on a date and progressively offers suggestions of graphic sexual activities and criminal acts such as using hard drugs and...beastiality. Just know readers, we at MUD do NOT condone the latter. I decided to conduct a survey to see how some Mudders ranked in the purity test and asked them to provide some feedback as well.
"I thought it would have been higher!"
"I def feel like some of the questions feel more weighty than others and carry more shame. But I feel pretty comfortable with my score."
"I feel like my score was very accurate! I didn’t feel regretful."
"I have taken this test before so I know how it works and was not as shocked by the crazy questions! I had gotten a higher score before tho so I was a little surprised at that 😮✋"
"No, this test meant nothing to me. I had no expectations going in and don’t think this website carries any weight in my mind."
"It’s interesting to see how many levels to intimacy there is whether it’s a smooch or a full-on orgy. There are some things I was like “Wow, really!? Should I have done that already?” For young adults, I can see how this puts pressure on some people to do things."
"I had no idea what the test would be about so the questions were definitely weird! I’m incredibly secure about who I am but I 100% acknowledge how much pressure I feel from others to be sexually active. I have no regrets and I figured my score would be where it is and I have no shame in that :D"
After collecting all of the information, it became very apparent that most people view their sexual experience differently and also made me wonder about how much sex culture impacts our social interactions. While some Mudders are "more experienced" than others, everyone has a sense of self-awareness about their experiences and no one’s ashamed to deal with the social consequences of that.
All that being said, take the test and see for yourself where you rank. Just know, if you check off the last two, you're blocked.