It’s all over the internet that a study has found abstinence only programs may work for teens. The headlines fail to mention to mention the teens being studied are sixth and seventh graders! Barely “teens.” I’d be encouraging these kids not to have sex too. It’s a completely different demographic and maturity level than highschool kids. Its so misleading for the media to present the story this way.
I saw Naomi Wolf on Joy Behar’s show the other night talking about “sexual gradulaism.” I love that term which I am pretty sure she made up. Wolf wants to bring back heavy petting and argues that when girls learn about their own bodies and how they work, they delay sex and don’t get pregnant. Research of lower teen pregnancy rates in Europe where sex ed is part of the curriculum (and female sexuality seems to me much more accepted and celebrated than in my puritanical home country) back her up. Though the guy on the show with Wolf would not shut up about abstinence. I think his name was Steve, because Naomi kept saying, “Were you abstinent until marriage, Steve?” Steve thought his personal behavior wasn’t relevant to the discussion.