Is Teenage Sex a Problem?
posted on December 1, 2017
“Despite the common idea that teen sex itself is inherently dangerous, what actually leads to a lot of bad outcomes is the product of denying teens accurate information.” – EverydayFeminism.com
A recent op-ed by Noah Smith, associate professor at Stony Brook University, pointed out that “abstinence-only education is dangerous and ineffective, while comprehensive sex education is not only more ethical, but also more likely to have the intended results.”
The common view for most is that teenage sex is something that should be prevented. Thinking that teenagers should have the immediate right to express their sexuality is usually met with disapproval. “There are a lot of reasons the mainstream beliefs about teens and sex do more harm than good, whatever side of the aisle they come from.” There are plenty of misconceptions about teenage sex. Are sexually active teenagers more likely to be depressed, get bad grades, commit suicide, smoke, and use drugs? Most of the time those questions aren’t seriously investigated, and despite what many people think, those ideas are false.
Here are some interesting findings regarding teenage sexual activity.
- Sex is not a path to delinquency and can teach teens important social skills
- Sex can actually be good for teens’ mental health
- Modern teens are making good sexual health decisions
- Teen pregnancy is at an all-time low
The Article Further Explores:
- Legislating Teen Sex
- LGBTQIA+ Teens Face Unique Challenges of Their Own
- Effects of Fear-Mongering
For more research about teenage sex, click here.
British Police Create Unusual and Hilarious Sexual Consent Analogy (Video)
"An animation relating the issue of consenting sex to having a cup of tea has gone viral since it was uploaded at the end of October by Thames Valley Police. The video shows various scenarios of people offering each other tea, with a narration explaining when someone should give another person the beverage and when they should not." - The Star Online Watch the video below.