More on the failure of abstinence based sex education in the States – the Village Voice reports:
a study published in the journal Pediatrics found that 20 percent of ninth-graders surveyed had engaged in oral sex and 14 percent had had vaginal intercourse. The study confirmed what Oprah, Dr. Phil, and other major media personalities have called “an oral-sex epidemic” among kids as young as 12. It’s certainly alarming for parents that children are beginning to sexually experiment at a younger age than their generation or mine. Researchers concluded: “That so many adolescents are having oral sex and view it as safe, perceiving little or no risk resulting from engaging in oral sex, stresses the importance of needing more research on oral sex transmissibility rates and increased health education about oral sex.”
What’s more troubling is that this study was released in a year when the federal government will allocate more money than ever?Äîabout $130 million?Äîto “abstinence-only-until-marriage” sex education in schools. There are no comparable funds for other kinds of sex ed curricula. A recent study by Yale and Columbia researchers found that teens who take an abstinence pledge are more likely to engage in sexual activities other than vaginal intercourse; members of this same group were also less likely to use a condom in their first sexual experience and less likely to get tested for STDs. In an earlier study, the same research team found that 88 percent of teens who took the pledge had vaginal intercourse before marriage.
Thus, the unintended consequences of the Bushies’ faith-based reality. It’s symptomatic of a broader problem – symbolic policy making in the name of “values” and sending messages to the “base”, with no real attempt to grapple with actual social trends and the outcomes of faith-based policy:
We continue to do a great disservice to the teenagers in this country when it comes to sex education. The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate and teen STD rate in the Western world. Teenagers are having sex. Teenagers are licking pussy, sucking cock, munching ass, finger-fucking, dry humping, and buttfucking. George Bush wants them to practice abstinence. Well, abstinence-only education sucks. When we deny that young people are sexual beings, withhold information and resources from them, and narrowly define sex to exclude all possibilities but one, we contribute to a new generation of sexually illiterate adults.
Surely it’s ironic that abstinence-educated teens have ended up with the same definition of sex as Bill Clinton:
According to a 1991 study that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last week, a majority of college students have a similar definition of sex to the famous one drafted by the lawyers for Paula Jones — the definition under which President Clinton famously said, No.
Of the 599 students surveyed, 59 percent answered “No” when asked, “Would you say you ‘had sex’ with someone if the most intimate behavior you engaged in” was oral-genital contact, according to researchers with the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction.
In the past year , Clinton’s lawyers have defended him against charges he lied in his deposition in the Jones lawsuit when he denied having sex with Monica Lewinsky — even though they had oral sex.
“It’s not the same as sex,” UI junior Peter Alexander said. “It’s less personal.”
Elsewhere: Tim D has some news on some more horrors caused by the anti-sex ed crowd.