Monday, July 16, 2007

Apology for all the sex/preggers articles...

But here's one more. I need to get my mind on other things today!

NY Times - Positive Trends for Today's Teens

Take Aways:
The teenage birthrate hit a record low. The teenage birth rate in 2005 was 21 per 1,000 young women ages 15 to 17 — an all-time low. Comparatively, the rate in 1991 was 39 births per 1,000 teenagers.

*In 2005, 47 percent of high school students — 6.7 million — reported having had sexual intercourse, down from 54 percent during the 12 years between 1991-2003

*Of those who reported having had sex during a three-month period in 2005, 63 percent — about 9 million — said they used condoms. That is an increase from the 46 percent reported in 1991.

“I think the H.I.V./AIDS epidemic and the efforts in the ’80s and ’90s had a lot to do with that,” Mr. Wagoner said of the improved numbers on teenage sexual activity, condom use and births. “We need to encourage young teens to delay sexual initiation, and we need to make sure they get all the information they need about condoms and birth control”.

Honestly, I just can't imagine 54 percent having sex in high school. I mean, I know they did...and I know that I was sheltered...but come on! None of my girlfriends had sex back then and not many of my guy friends did as far as I know...and I am pretty sure they would have talked/bragged about it...because I got to hear everything else. Whatever, though. Perhaps I was just friends with the other 46 percent.

Also, this brings up the condom issue. Thank God the number of teenagers using condoms is going up.

I understand that it might be embarrassing to look for and perhaps even, buy condoms. But don't be stupid.

If it's the cost, suck it up. Your $5 dollars (or whatever condoms cost) is a lot cheaper than caring for a child. And after all, you think you are old enough to have sex, therefore you are old enough to have a job and pay for your condoms.

If it is the embarrassment, you should only be embarrassed if you look like a baby about to engage in a sexual act...which you probably do because you're in high school. Even still, you need protection. I would imagine that going to the doctor to find out that you had herpes and/or gonorrhea would be pretty embarrassing too...only it lasts a lot longer than your check-out with the other pimple-faced teenager at Target.

And that concludes my rant...sorry if it offends... :)


Scotty said...

I thought it was pretty interesting, and totally agree.

Sarah Ashlee said...

Good! Glad I didn't (haven't) offended. :)

Jim Gibb said...

Furthermore, if cost and embarassment actually were/are issues, there are plenty of places to get free condoms fairly anonymously.

Of course, there would be more such places if certain administrations placed the health of the country's citizens above political agenda and religious propanganda. i.e. abstinence-only education.

Just another pipe dream though. Pipe dream, naturally, being the latest euphemism for wet dream.

Sarah Ashlee said...

So, so true! Because turning a blind eye to natural teenage urges is really going to fix things. Let's just ignore the problem...tell them the best way to not get STDs or pregnant is by not doing it (which is somewhat true...technically) but doesn't fix the issue.

Also, recent studies have shown that abstinence-only education is highly ineffective and harmful!

Nice euphemism... :)

Slave to the dogs said...

You know, I think that percentage is pretty true to waaaaaaaaaaaaaay back when I was in high school. I just don't think kids felt as comfortable talking about their sexual activities then.

I am thrilled to see that teen pregnancies are down, and wonder if that also has something to do with it being more OK to talk about sex now.

Anonymous said...

You must've been sheltered, because only someone who was could say, in effect, that if you can't buy condoms because of the cost, you should "suck it up," without even a hint of tongue-in-cheek :)

Also, that 54% sounds about right to me. I distinctly remember at least half of my friends making fun of me for not having sex in sex in high school.

Sarah Ashlee said...

Anon - I better know you after that comment... :) And if your friends were making fun of you for not having sex...then you must be a guy because I can't imagine girls doing that. Certainly not in HS. Maybe, you know...if you (as a girl) had not had your age...your girlfriends would make fun of you...