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Re: “Abstinence-only preserved in Charleston schools

I received "comprehensive" sex education in high school. The only thing that was comprehensive was the contraceptive education. Already sexually active, I left the class feeling justified and full of confidence in my decision to have sex, as long as "protection" was used. And thankfully, I didn't get pregnant or contract an STD, but as marriage came along the real consequences of sex outside of marriage, ones that weren't even mentioned in the latex-only curriculum, were ever abounding.

What about the possibility of constant comparison because you've already been with so many partners? Do the patterns created when sleeping with multiple partners magically go away when one decides to marry? What about approaching the idea that a young girl is not defined by how many guys want to have sex with her rather than the quality of her character? Shall we continue to skim over the prevalence of our youth finding such identity in their sexuality alone?

I can't quite understand why it would be such a dreadful idea to promote abstinence until marriage. Doesn't marriage reduce child abuse, reduce domestic violence, reduce poverty rates, reduce incarceration, and improve academics? Sounds like advantage discrimination if you ask me.

Besides, the abstinence until marriage curricula I've read promote sex. "Sex is a great thing...we want you to have the best sex possible..which is proven to be found inside of marriage."

Yes contraceptive-only programs, it would be a TERRIBLE thing to teach our kids self-control..but i guess you'd have to put down that McDonald's milkshake, now wouldn't you?

Posted by mstarling on July 14, 2010 at 2:46 PM
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