Only 43 percent of teens have had sex, so we don’t need sex ed and access to contraceptives? Well, according to that logic, I’ve got a few other things we no longer need.
Sex really is a lot like dancing. We move together, trying to gauge and flow with each other’s rhythms, following or mirroring each others’ steps.
It’s time to stop looking at the share of teens who’ve had sex as an indicator that needs to go down every year and accept that about half of all teens aren’t going to have sex and half are.
The war on contraception may not go mainstream any time soon, but current efforts point toward the creation of sexual Haves and Have Nots, those who “deserve” contraception and those who don’t.
What do you call it when someone asks the same question over and over again hoping to get a different answer? Pressure.
I’m 23 and was raised Christian and sex has always made me feel guilty. I got married a year ago and now can’t enjoy sex at all. Am I being punished for having sex before marriage? Should I just accept a life without sex?
February 14 was National Condom Day and Family Planning Health Services (FPHS) has joined the American Social Health Association in asking Americans to “Get passionate about prevention.”
Abstinence-only-until-marriage proponents hope that by misrepresenting the recent study on abstinence education they can continue getting funding for programs that have nothing in common with the single one that’s been proven effective.
Shame and fear about sexuality–perpetuated ironically by the same parents who were themselves sexually active as teens–are linked to sexual irresponsibility, teenage pregnancy and STD transmission. Can we break the cycle?
As someone who was all but completely celibate throughout high school–not at all by conscious choice–I found the lack of information among sexually active teens, and the politicization of teen sex very frustrating.