How many people are simply disgusted that Teen Mom is actually a show that creates popular starlets? How about the Duggar family becoming famous for eschewing good sexual education and responsible reproduction? How about teen pregnancy rates in “abstinence only” states, is that as disgusting?
How about the fact that, of any other industrialized nation, the U.S. is number ONE in the world for teen pregnancies ?
How many are willing to admit that allowing the willfully sexual illiterate to control our countries sex education and creating a “prohibition” is a large part of the problem?
Last Week Tonight with host John Oliver recently covered the lack of sex education law and oversight in a hilarious 20 minute bit that makes it known that there is NO federal standard for sex-ed in the USA. This is a must see video to learn more about this issue but at 20 minutes most of you won’t have time at lunch to watch, so I have broken out a 3 minute section. (Full video at the end!).
There are so many differing philosophies and religions out there that give sex a different and nearly supernatural purity or putrescence. In this melting pot country, in a very small world, we need to realize that sexual education can not be a simple “Birds and Bees” talk at school. Why? Because education works to control teen pregnancy and teens deserve to be kids until the very last possible minute — not parents!
What does this have to do with Teen Mom, and the Duggars? Well… if you haven’t been living the life of a mushroom you know that the lack of sexual education in the Duggar household cost them not only 25 MILLION dollars a year in marketing, but also possibly contributed to their daughter being sexually abused by their son — which destroyed their reputation.
Worse than that, most people blame the sexualized media for this kind of action instead of a lack of education. The fact that you need to remember here is that only 22 states require sexual education to be taught to students, leaving 28 states with no requirement at all.
The truly frightening statistic is far worse:
Literally this means that 28 states can happily stick their fingers in their ears, lie to youth about their sexuality and claim masturbation makes for hairy palms if they want to. Another 9 states must teach it, but can literally give the kind of sexual education that includes threats of hell, damnation, or focus on the dreaded .001 failure rate of most birth control.
Also, they don’t have to teach you how to use it, when it is needed and what errors will most likely end up with pregnancy or disease. Many states with a strong Religious Red majority choose the worst option you can choose, no, not glorifying teen pregnancy on TV (that is just marketing and stupidity), abstinence only.
Look at some facts here, in states where comprehensive sexual education is taught with the goal of medical accuracy and promoting risk avoidance behavior, teen pregnancy and disease is steadily dropping, see Colorado as an example. In states like Texas teen pregnancy and the resultant decimation of the potential of their young people is a growing figure – much like Teen Mom waistlines.
These facts are really, really stupidly easy to find. When you have good, medically accurate sexual education then you have a better shot at sexually literate, self-sufficient adults. Abstinence Only works so well for adults that the Catholic Dioceses have large sums set aside for child sexual abuse pay offs, what actual thinking human would believe that it would work for teens?
Still think abstinence only works? That is propaganda folks, but don’t take my word for it: It raises teen pregnancy rates, period.
The United States ranks first among developed nations in rates of both teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. In an effort to reduce these rates, the U.S. government has funded abstinence-only sex education programs for more than a decade. However, a public controversy remains over whether this investment has been successful and whether these programs should be continued.
Using the most recent national data (2005) from all U.S. states with information on sex education laws or policies (N = 48), we show that increasing emphasis on abstinence education is positively correlated with teenage pregnancy and birth rates.
This trend remains significant after accounting for socioeconomic status, teen educational attainment, ethnic composition of the teen population, and availability of Medicaid waivers for family planning services in each state. These data show clearly that abstinence-only education as a state policy is ineffective in preventing teenage pregnancy and may actually be contributing to the high teenage pregnancy rates in the U.S.
The fact is that some religions, namely Abrahamic religions, tend to demonize sex outside of certain parameters. This may lead to a lack of sexual literacy among the adherents, which is problematic not only for many adult’s sex lives but also because these same religions tend to decry public sexual education. It is up to the parents, they say, however the parents are very likely to be functionally sexually illiterate. Sexual literacy includes more than just sex acts and positions.
The ability to name body parts, to know what parts of your body are private and can not be touched without your consent, when you are able to give consent and who can never have it, to know how you get pregnant, how diseases are spread, what an orgasm is and why they are good for you, what types of birth control there are, what lasting effects each has, and how well they work. That and learning to avoid risky sexual behaviors, something much easier done when you have all the facts. More than just those things, it is part of a balanced adult sex life — which is essential for most humans to be happy.
If we knew we were handing over the basic education of a large percentage of the children in the USA to functionally illiterate people, would we ever allow that to happen? No, and it is easily proved we wouldn’t. Most states have laws that make the “para professionals” working in schools prove an AA or AS Degree or equivalent knowledge. Just to work in the classroom and support teachers.
How are we rationalizing allowing sexually repressed and illiterate people to control the sexual health and literacy of the next generation? What are your kids odds of being in a state where information must be medically accurate? 13/50, or 26%, now apply that to every sex partner you have ever had. I can not see failing to put laws in place to help educate all youth is anything but encouraging teen pregnancy.
What are the chances that this lack of sexual education is why so many move through life spreading diseases they didn’t even know they had? It is time for change, medically accurate sex education must become law in all 50 states.
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