This week, we have some news for returning college students: they’re not having as much casual sex as we thought, Penn State’s paper will have a sex column for the first time since the 2011 abuse scandal, and University of Michigan students can buy condoms in dorms.
Antiquated ideas about women’s sexuality are extremely damaging. But it is even more damaging to act as if sexual assault and rape are the price women pay for independence and sexual freedom.
It is impractical to believe that college students will not be sexually active. Not using the appropriate preventive measures (i.e. a condom) can lead to both unintended and unwanted consequences, high-risk situations or not. It is obvious that changes need to be made. But where to begin?
A Wisconsin state representative is criticizing the state university’s health center for its decision to distribute condoms before spring break. His arguments—that distributing condoms is like giving students license to have sex—are as old as they are unfounded.
With the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade a little over a month away, and the 2012 election right around the corner, I can’t help but think about the popularly speculated relationship between abortion rights and young people.