Against a wider backdrop of sexual violence being committed against, and perpetrated by, children and adolescents, the sexualization of under-aged teenagers in Jamaica is extremely problematic.
Just like for women, plenty of men have concerns about unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, physical or emotional safety, or mucking a relationship up with sex that happens too soon or before it really feels right.
While sexuality is fluid, we can’t force change to happen when it isn’t happening organically, and attempts to force it tend to be both psychologically unhealthy as well as futile.
Maybe they don’t. But it still makes sense to start a life-long commitment to safer sex practices now.
While some people will say they “just knew” if they were gay, straight or bi early on, others have a longer period of questioning. Sexual orientation is something it makes sense to take time to determine just by observing ourselves and our lives.
We can give young women a chance to be great parents if our policies match our purported goals for future generations. Will our presidential and vice-presidential candidates support us, too?
Unplanned pregnancy is a big deal, is difficult to manage, and the less prepared for that possibility you are, the tougher it is to cope. But you are capable of turning it around.
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell may soon re-enroll the state in the federal Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage program. This decision would represent the prioritizing of short term political gain over the long term health of Pennsylvania’s young people.
By ignoring the realities of young peoples’ lives, including women who have sex with women and those who identify as lesbians, we are missing a huge opportunity to catalyze fundamental change.
Knowingly putting someone at risk of a HPV infection — an infection that isn’t yet curable and for which men can’t be tested accurately — without giving them a choice about whether they want to take that risk isn’t okay.