Saturday, May 24, 2008

 

Myth of the Day

There is a widespread belief that teens engage in nonvaginal forms of sex, especially oral sex, as a way to be sexually active while still claiming that, technically, they are virgins. However, our research shows that this supposed substitution of oral sex for vaginal sex is largely a myth. There is no good evidence that teens who have not had intercourse engage in oral sex with a series of partners. —Laura Lindberg of the Guttmacher Institute, as quoted in "Teen sex study doubts 'technical virginity'"

Other interesting tidbits—

Class and teenage sex

Teens of white ethnicity and higher socioeconomic status were more likely than their peers to have ever had oral or anal sex.

Disease and teenage sex

Statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March showed that more than one in four U.S. teen girls was infected with at least one sexually transmitted disease.

Bush and teenage sex

... the new findings illustrate that the Bush administration's emphasis on school programs teaching sexual abstinence until marriage "does not give teens the skills and information they need to be safe."

The consequences of Bush and teenage sex

The CDC said in December the birth rate for U.S. teens rose in 2006 for the first time since 1991.

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