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Virginity pledges for teens…uh what do you think?

Posted by Dr. Susan on January 3, 2009

Teens make pledges to do and not do all sorts of things…not drink, not have sex, be BFF’s. Do these pledges work. What do you think. A researcher at Johns Hopkins looked at teen virginity pledges to be specific to see if teens stuck to them. The results of the study didn’t surprise me.

Bottom line: teens who take pledges are just as likely to have sex (ANY kind of sex–not just vaginal!)¬†as those who don’t. In fact, five years down the road, more than eight percent of the pledgers denied even taking the pledge!!

Bottom, bottom line…teens need REAL sex ed…not denial, not a pledge and not just forced abstinence. Maybe our new president will see to that. One can only hope.

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Why waste money on sex ed for teens!

Posted by Dr. Susan on May 21, 2008

The results of a new survey uncover some interesting info–teens who have oral sex are far more likely to also be having REAL sex!! So much for the theory that kids are doing ‘everything but’ and staying ‘technical virgins. The truth is that without proper sex ed, teens are being exposed, not only to the chance of getting pregnant, but to scary sexually transmitted diseases that they will have for the rest of their lives. The Bush administration and its followers need to get their heads out of the sand, shake the dirt out of their ears and eyes and pay attention to what is going on. Kids are having sex. Real sex, oral sex, anal sex. And they need protection so that they don’t have to suffer life-long consequences from mistakes that they may make as teenagers.

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