A recent NY Times article explores the policy of abstinence only sex education as driven by politics. Aaron E. Carroll explains that the current administration has deviated from funding sex education programs that are effective based on evidence outcomes. Although federal support for abstinence based education had increased in the past administrations, the requirement for sex education to be taught in schools had actually fallen "to 48 percent from 67 percent."Read More
"Research shows teens everywhere are having sex, with about half of high school students saying they've had sexual intercourse. Gwen Daverth, CEO of the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, says the high numbers in Texas reflect policy, not promiscuity. "
A majority of high schools in Texas provide abstinence only sex education or "doesn't offer sexual education at all". The results from Texas policy translate into some of the highest teen pregnancy rates in America. Although teen birth rates are declining across the country, states that favor abstinence as the main form of sexual education are seeing a slower decline. This NPR program gives context on the issue through Jessica Chester's experience.
The challenge for parents today is to put sexuality into the context of values. We need to acknowledge that porn is easy to access. And that it doesn't depict real relationships. Porn is the fantasy that the porn producer creates. No more real than the story telling that occurs in all kinds of TV shows and movies. "Family Guy" is not a great primer on healthy family dynamics, and PornHub is not helping anyone learn to be a better lover.Read More