The federal government now spends about $176 million annually on abstinence-until-marriage education.
In news not likely to surprise anybody who actually remembers being a teenager, a study has found that abstinence before marriage programs don’t work.
Yeah, I know, I’ll give you minute to wrap your head around that.
Turns out, teenagers are horny.
Again, a minute to wrap your heads around that.
The tragedy here is that teens who only get the abstinence message are less likely to use condoms. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the teens who are subjected to abstinence “education” want to resist “sin” and be “pure” and whatever other words are used to describe sex, and fit in with the adult expectations that are made on them.
But then, somehow, they end up alone together, and four billion years of sexual evolution and every hormone in their bodies take over, and squishiness happens.
Without forethought, without planning, without protection, and most scarily of all, without any real understanding of what happened. Leading to sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancies, and psychological scarring.
Wanting to teach teenagers about morality is a good idea.
Withholding knowledge from teenagers because it’ll put “bad thoughts” in their heads is nothing but pure dark ages insanity.
The story linked above really struck a chord with me, as I have burned in my brain a conversation that happened in Lafayette, Louisiana, when I was doing an internship in the newsroom of a TV station.
For some reason the topic of discussion in the newsroom had turned to sex ed, and the weather man, a very distinguished and seemingly sane gentleman who was the father of two teenage daughters, said, and I’m paraphrasing†: “They shouldn’t teach sexual education in school. If they don’t, the kids won’t know about it.”
Need another minute? OK.
That’s the kind of thinking that led to $176 million of your tax dollars being spent on something this harmful.
†It’s been 15 years. Cut me some slack.
Posted Friday, 13 April, 2007 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.