Tuesday, May 01, 2007

That thing's not a muscle...

There's a growing amount of evidence and opinion that Abstinence-Only sex education is a failure and actually leads to higher rates of premarital sex, STDs and unwed pregnancy. So the football coach screaming "It's not a muscle; don't exercise it!" hasn't worked for the last 50 years? Really?

It's another triumph of ideology over reason to even think that you could take teenagers in the height of hormonal change and get them to 'Just Say No' in the parlance of another failed abstinence program of the 80's. We're not even wired to take drugs and that program didn't work; how could it be expected to work on what may be our single strongest instinct and compulsion?

Boggles the mind.

The Abstinence-Only Delusion - New York Times

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