. Now you've got me started. K8 linked to this
today. She was amused. I am a little amused but I am also shocked, perhaps a little appalled. Check out their bargain rack! Mortification ensues. I am only amused at the fact that a bunch of 39 cent crap is supposed to protect teenagers from the evil that is their bodies. I am appalled because on a few people, it might actually work and for them I am scared. I am afraid that they vote.
According to SIECUS
, 63% of high school seniors are sexually active (more hideous rose pins for the virgins!). However, in the past 6 years, 800 million dollars (I feel like the count from Sesame Street) has been given to abstinence only education programs like WAIT (Why Am I Tempted? - omg, they are so clever!!!!!) More parentheses
(and you're tempted because, as Mr. Michael says, "Sex is natural, sex is fun..." we won't get into the rest).
I don't know what this information does for boys as I was never a boy and never had much success in looking at things from boys perspectives but for a girl, the information, if that's what you want to call it, bites ass."Get the ring, wait for the bling"
"Sexually speaking, it has been said that men are like microwaves and women are like crock pots." Huh?
“[Students] need to know that, when used every time, condoms at best only provide a 50% reduction in the transmission rates of syphilis, gonorrhea and Chlamydia. They should be told that condoms do not appear to provide any protection from HPV, (which causes 99% of all cervical cancer).” SO NOT TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!So essentially the message that a lot of these abstinence programs are promoting is:
-The girl needs to be the "strong" one and keep a boy from his urges
-Be a big money grubbing whore who withholds until you get a rock
-If you take a pledge for virginity you'll be in with the cool kids, if that's what cool passes for these days - I wouldn't know, I thought cool was thinking for yourself.....
-Deny all of your normal feelings of desire and get involved in bible studies
-If you do have desires, don't masturbate
-If you have sexual desire, you clearly have not been praying hard enough
-If you give in to having sex, you haven't just made a mistake, you've ruined your life, made yourself undesirable to any good man and you've destroyed your childrens' pure yet-to-be-born souls.
BAD GIRL, NO RING FOR YOU! As if all a girl ever wanted was to register for a blender and make her husband waffles on Sunday morning. I've done both, but seriously, it's not all I'm about people.