ENG 112 – Week 2 Discussion Post

Week 2 discussion post

Is “abstinence only” the best sex-education policy for schools to promote?

Simply put? No.

More clarification needed? Oh, F*CK NO!

Ok, allow me to explain….

No, there is too much; allow me to sum up:

If abstinence only sexual education was the best option it wouldn’t have such a high failure rate.

Twelve to twenty year olds and over 55 years olds are the two groups with the highest number of new cases of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis. Is it surprising that those are the two groups who have primarily been subjected to abstinence only sexual education? I think it’s very telling that those two facts correlate. Teen pregnancy is diminishing in areas where students have access to safer sex education as opposed to abstinence only sexual education. Safer sex education doesn’t make more students have sex, but it does make those who do have sex choose to be smarter about it. It allows those who do choose to have sex to take better precautions to prevent unwanted pregnancy and disease.

Having worked with LGBTQ adolescents and young adults as well as in a traditional OB/GYN setting, I am honestly appalled at the quality of sexual education available to the average person. This is one of the reasons that I lecture on safer sex practices. I am horrified at the number of people who don’t even know how their own bodies work, let alone enough to protect themselves from disease and unwanted pregnancy. Politics and religion spend too much time shaming humans than allowing them to be the complex creatures they are. Some religions even prevent medical intervention in basic health cases. Politics allowed a young girl to die because a life-saving treatment for leukemia would put her unwanted fetus at risk, and abortion was against the law in that country. If you didn’t hear, both mother and fetus died. I can only wonder if the girl would have survived if she had used a condom.

When I worked in the LGBTQ community I thought a lot of the ignorance was due to a lack of resources for the LGBTQ community specifically, but I found through working in the traditional OB/GYN that the lack of information and mountain of disinformation was for all demographics.

Ever play whisper down the lane? Sexual misinformation is very similar to a large game of whisper down the lane. Even if the original bit of information had a modicum of truth, the end result is nothing like the original bit.

Legitimate rape, anyone?

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