(MK, my apologies, this gets VERY dark... I promise I'm not doing it to be annoying.)
I feel like a deconstruction of Scooby-Doo could be very interesting.
(Warning: GRAPHIC THEMES OF SEX, VIOLENCE, AND GORE UNDER SPOILER TAG!)
The Deconstruction of Scooby-Doo: Drugs, underage sex, the big dog's dangerous and bitey, and the gang are investigating a string of disappearances connected to fake ghost sightings -- and then it turns out Fred's been dressing up and murdering the missing folks all along, and feeding them to Scooby... that's Scooby snacks: soylent green, more or less! Fred makes people jerky out of his victims! He's a violent sociopathic serial killer, using his crimes as the fuel for a personality cult he uses to manipulate Nancy Drew-esque teen girls into sleeping with him. And all their childhoods truly and utterly end as they're forced to kill Fred, and then Scooby disposes of the evidence the only way he knows how: eating.
...this could all sound very horrifying and prurient, but the commentary at the core would be contrasting the relative innocence of their ages with the darkness of their... hobby? Job? And then, beyond that, they silly illusion that mid-to-late teens are "innocent" years in the first place.
...it's possible this is a terrible idea and a terrible post, and that I just need more sleep.
I'm impressed with your personal progess, MK. As a creator who has been bullied for some of my choices* in regard to my characters' orientations, I definitely understand some of your trepidation. Even when trying to be positive and inclusive, we can often find ourselves in a virtual minefield... once which you're learning to simply levitate above. Good for you.
*I feel like my characters take on a life of their own whilst rattling about in my subconscious, to the point that very little of what I write for them feels like a proper choice on my part. As I work, it feels like they decide their orientations and ethnicities and whatnot, and I just sort of document it all.
I'm 37 now, and have only had sex with three people.
...one of those was a well-meaning one-night stand after my divorce, and it was lackluster for the both of us.
It took me over a year-and-a-half to find my current lady on via OkCupid -- in that time, I had no other dates. NONE. There were times when I was desperately lonely in that search, and times when I was horribly sexually frustrated, and often times when it was both at once. It was very hard on my self-esteem, being ghosted SO. MANY. TIMES.
So. Defo. Sometimes, or even most of the time, this subject will be your first thought of the day, occupy your mind for too much of the day, and then be your last thought as you go to bed. And that's sort of okay. Sort of. But you have to be proactive about dealing with the situation.
Between Tinder and OkCupid, I probably searched through literally 10,000+ people to find the woman I'm dating now. It could be argued that my standards are too high, but the chemistry and continued interest just wasn't there with anyone else. I think it can be very rewardingly worth it to search for the right person, for the best match... but that can be a very drawn-out process. Long. Cold. Boring. Lonely. Chances are, though, that such a match isn't just going to fall into your lap without any effort on your part. Searching for good companionship is WORK.
Realistically, you're probably not going to find your years/decades/lifelong partner on the first try.
You could clearly use the confidence-boosting power of positive female companionship... but there is likely to be drama and heartbreak. The best way to prepare for that near-inevitability is to build up other areas of your life. Work on your job/career. Work on your living situation. Work on your mental health. Work on being healthy and ready for that eventual excellent match who is somehow already heading your way.
...and remember that some of us, no matter how kind and wonderful and worth knowing, don't lose our virginity until we're, oh, say, 29-ish. And, if that's not ideal, it doesn't have to be crushingly un-okay. Try to train yourself to focus on other things, and engaging with those other things may circle you back to progress with your dating life.