Boston Teens Demand Sex Education

29 Mar

Promote SAFE SEX

Thanks to my friend Jenn Locket for pointing me to this story. Near the Boston area, students are uniting and demanding sex education–the power of young voices!! Bravo! This area of Boston experiences an unusually high teen pregnancy rate, and has a Chlamydia rate three times higher than neighboring areas. These students are wanting condom availability and wanting to learn about SAFE SEX–isn’t this the type of responsible behavior we should applaud? The students have enlisted the help of Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley.  Side note here: Planned Parenthood provides all of these services!  The students here are quite candid and are not satisfied learning about sex by watching porn.  I applaud these teens and Ayanna Pressley. Click here to see the video.

6 Responses to “Boston Teens Demand Sex Education”

  1. Jennifer March 29, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    I was really struck by the fact that these kids saw this problem and want to address it in a mature and adult way. I hope that they get what they are asking for – comprehensive and thorough sex education and access to family planning counseling and birth control.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 29, 2011 at 7:52 am #

      Jenn, thank you for sharing the news about these incredible kids! I wish as many adults were as responsible as these kids.

      • Jennifer March 29, 2011 at 7:56 am #

        It’s one of my pet peeves – that it’s easier to get a hold of porn than it is real sexual education. I’m not against porn in general. However, I find it alarming that pornography has been the sex ed du jour for an entire generation. I think that we’re going to see a huge chunk of people with body dysmorphic issues, unrealistic expectations in their partners’ responses (if you don’t wail like a porn star, it must not be ‘good’), and an inability to understand what is ‘normal’ and ‘not normal’ with their bodies (i.e. – wow, I should go to the Doctor even though it’s embarrassing or oh, that’s how that works). Young people should have access to frank and candid discussions on human sexuality. I don’t care how many books she ‘wrote,’ Jenna Jameson is not an expert on sex!!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 29, 2011 at 8:37 am #

        I could not have said this better myself!

  2. Jay March 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Abstinence-only programs are a waste of time and money, as ample research has demonstrated repeatedly. They may delay the onset of first sexual experience by a whopping three months, but they also correlate with much higher rates of sexually transmitted infections, higher pregnancy rates, and higher abortion rates. But since proponents generally favor faith-based initiatives over, say, EVIDENCE-based initiatives, these pathetic programs persist. This is the same crowd that believes in praying away the gay and that biology classes should ‘teach the controversy’ regarding human origins.

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