1 February 2005

Just Say No . . . to sex?

A new study has shown the absistence education has had no effect on the lust-filled, decadent minds of Texas teens who actually became increasingly sex-crazed after the program. Come on everyone! Can you tell me you're really surprised about any of this? Evidently, no voting age male can remember being a horny teenager walking around with an acute case of zits compounded by boneritus. And the teens are supposed to stop having sex because their parents (gaffaw) order them to (somehow ignoring the sex-crazed culture that otherwise surrounds them the other 23.99999 hours of the day). I've copied the original article below. The last paragraph is particularly telling--the programs that don't mention sex at all do have some effect.

Texas Teens Increased Sex After Abstinence Program

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Abstinence-only sex education programs, a major plank in President Bush (news - web sites)'s education plan, have had no impact on teenagers' behavior in his home state of Texas, according to a new study.

Despite taking courses emphasizing abstinence-only themes, teenagers in 29 high schools became increasingly sexually active, mirroring the overall state trends, according to the study conducted by researchers at Texas A&M University.

"We didn't see any strong indications that these programs were having an impact in the direction desired," said Dr. Buzz Pruitt, who directed the study. The study was delivered to the Texas Department of State Health Services, which commissioned it. The federal government is expected to spend about $130 million to fund programs advocating abstinence in 2005, despite a lack of evidence that they work, Pruitt said.

"The jury is still out, but most of what we've discovered shows there's no evidence the large amount of money spent is having an effect," he said.

The study showed about 23 percent of ninth-grade girls, typically 13 to 14 years old, had sex before receiving abstinence education. After taking the course, 29 percent of the girls in the same group said they had had sex. Boys in the tenth grade, about 14 to 15 years old, showed a more marked increase, from 24 percent to 39 percent, after receiving abstinence education.

Abstinence-only programs, which have sprouted up in schools across the nation, cannot offer information about birth control and must promote the social and health benefits of abstaining from sex.

Pruitt said he hoped the study would bring about changes in the content of abstinence-promoting programs. "These programs seem to be much more concerned about politics than kids, and we need to get over that," he said.

One program technique has been to try to bolster students' self-esteem, based on the theory that self-confident teenagers would not have sex. Those programs, which sometimes do not even mention sex, have shown no effect, Pruitt said. Other programs that focus on the social norms and expectations appear to be more successful, he said.

1 comment:

dailyread said...

I think history shows that the greatest strides into open sexuality have taken place in times of war, so it is interesting that this administration keeps trying to turn back the clock on sexual attitudes while simultaneously working hard to plunge the entire world into armed conflict.
Thes kids had better get all the sex they can before they turn sixteen and become eligible for "public service with a side arm".
If the education system doesn't succeed in removing their ability to think for themselves, they will eventually become aware of the other issues at hand (chemical saturation of every aspect of their lives) and, hopefully, they will create havoc for the politicians and companies responsible.