Measured Against Reality

Saturday, April 14, 2007

This just in, teens like sex!

This just in, teens like sex! I know you're quite shocked by this news, but given some people's desire to deny our human nature, I feel it's important news to propagate.

That article cites a new study showing that abstinence-only sex ed does nothing, but everyone knew that already. I think the better question is who teaches abstinence-only? My school taught "abstinence is the only 100% safe, but if you're going to do something use protection." Which is sensible, and what we should teach.

But what I really liked was this study, which finds that:

Contrary to the public perception that premarital sex is much more common now than in the past, the study shows that even among women who were born in the 1940s, nearly nine in 10 had sex before marriage.

The new study uses data from several rounds of the federal National Survey of Family Growth to examine sexual behavior before marriage, and how it has changed over time. According to the analysis, by age 44, 99% of respondents had had sex, and 95% had done so before marriage. Even among those who abstained from sex until age 20 or older, 81% had had premarital sex by age 44.

That's also quite obvious, but it's really nice to have as the conclusion of a study. People have always had premarital sex, they always will, so let's just make sure that they're not making premarital pregnancies that lead to premarital abortions. That way everyone's happy.

I'll never understand why some people care so much about what other people do with their genitals, but at least now we have concrete proof that their concern has not, and never will affect anyone else. Now if only this would get through the skulls of the idiots enforcing these useless policies.

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  • I used to work for a design agency, and one of our clients was a health authority. We built a web site for them where teens could get information about safe(r) sex, and The Daily Mail (a not particularly bright right-wing newspaper here in the UK) lambasted it as "promoting teen sex", when it was simply a reaction to the reality of the existing situation.

    Lesson learned: with some people, you just can't win, no matter how many facts you put in front of them.

    By Blogger nullifidian, at 2:10 PM, April 14, 2007  

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