Teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely to use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do, according to a study released today.Those misguided adults who insist that abstinence only education is the way to go have forgotten what it's like to be a teenager. Here's an interesting commentary on the subject:
I think the abstinence boondoggle is just one more example of the corrosive effect of American religion on society. Long ago I gave up trying to understand the Christian point of view. I concluded that, as imperfect as I am, I don't have enough hate to be a Christian. I have too much respect for individual self determination, for freedom, and for the power of love, to think that a viewpoint founded in Stone Age myth and Medieval superstition, in magic and miracles, has any relevance in today's world. When I look around me and see the harm caused by wacko extremists of every religious stripe, I stand even stronger against the destructive effect of the intrusive and propagandizing religions that try to get into the intimate aspects of people's lives. I believe in the power of every person, young and old, to use his or her noggin to figure things out, and I believe in giving people who want and need advice on sex and love good advice, sound advice, founded on science, practical experience, and good example.Blog on friends, blog on all.