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The 'everyone does it' hooey keeps the STD epidemic going
Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | April 5, 2008 | KATHERINE KERSTEN

Posted on 04/07/2008 8:10:17 AM PDT by rhema

Minnesota's soaring rate of sexually transmitted disease [STD] is in the news again. At the national level, a recent study found that 25 percent of 14- to 19-year-old girls have at least one of four common STDs.

The solution? Enlightened folks tell us it's more sex education, counseling and treatment. They call for more tax-funded initiatives such as a $1.3 million bill for screening and public education recently considered by the Minnesota Legislature.

But few are talking about the real reason for the epidemic: too many kids are having sex at too young an age.

Try mentioning this at your next dinner party or parents meeting at school, and watch the eyes roll. What 1950s TV rerun are you living in? Sure, a little abstinence education never hurt anyone, the common wisdom goes, but we all know -- wink, wink -- that kids are going to "do it."

This idea is one of the biggest cons of our generation. At least one group understands this -- the 53 percent of high school students who reported that they had never had sexual intercourse in a 2005 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Empowering? Give me a break

The con about youth sex is rooted in the myth behind the sexual revolution: that sex without restraints -- doing what you feel -- is both liberating and fundamental to human happiness. But in our sex-saturated culture, the opposite is true for many young people. It's far from liberating to be at the mercy of frenzied adolescent impulses.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: ageofconsentlaws; clintonlegacy; sexpositiveagenda; teensex

1 posted on 04/07/2008 8:10:18 AM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema
Modern Parents :"They are going to do it anyway so why not give them condoms, lubrication, alcohol, etc..."
2 posted on 04/07/2008 8:12:27 AM PDT by frogjerk (Hope is a theological virtue, not a campaign promise)
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To: rhema

Teens think later do what I want to do now it’s cool.


3 posted on 04/07/2008 8:13:29 AM PDT by Vaduz (and just think how clean the cities would become again.)
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To: Caleb1411; MplsSteve
Shalom Ross of Hopkins, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Minnesota, is one young woman who has chosen to remain abstinent until marriage. . . . Ironically, Ross says, students at the U tend to be "much more broad-minded" about her decision than the people in authority. "Students respect the choice I've made, because they know the decision about sex is a 'big deal,'" she says. Ross says: "They see the harm that sex can do, and quite a few regret the choices they've made."
4 posted on 04/07/2008 8:13:33 AM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema
who sometimes can't wait to brag about "scoring" -- is supposed to be enticing or empowering to women? Give me a break

Don't you know that women should be watching Oxygen on cable so that they can catch the empowering "Bad Girls Club" or reading Oprah magazine which endorses women watching pornography.

How empowering towards women! - sarc *required by law

5 posted on 04/07/2008 8:17:14 AM PDT by frogjerk (Hope is a theological virtue, not a campaign promise)
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To: rhema

This was actually printed in the Red Star? Must have been some error....


6 posted on 04/07/2008 8:21:58 AM PDT by oprahstheantichrist (Stop calling them "liberals," they're Bolsheviks!)
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To: oprahstheantichrist

Check out the Katherine Kersten archives.......


7 posted on 04/07/2008 8:25:31 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Carry Daily. Apply Sparingly.)
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To: rhema
... students at the U tend to be "much more broad-minded" about her decision than the people in authority ... They see the harm that sex can do, and quite a few regret the choices they've made.

That's because they are smarter than the people in authority and can still learn from their bad decisions. Those in authority believe they are infallible.

8 posted on 04/07/2008 8:30:31 AM PDT by TexGuy (If it has the slimmest of chances of being considered sarcasm ... IT IS!)
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To: rhema
Okay, let's do the math.
1 in 4 girls have an STD
53% of students have not had sex (approx 1/2)

So of those having sex, approx 1 in 2 have an STD. Wonder how well condoms even out those odds.

(Disclaimers: 1/4 is for 14-19, 53% is for high-school students, no age range given, but usually ending by 18, and that includes boys, the assumption here is that the 53% is equally split along gender lines, which I highly doubt.)

9 posted on 04/07/2008 8:38:29 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a Liberal when I married her.)
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To: rhema
You don't reduce theft by giving kids lock picking classes.

You tell them not to steal.

10 posted on 04/07/2008 8:44:45 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: TexGuy
It has come time to consider that the main push for sex education isn't simply due to incompetence or an ignorance of the facts.

It may very well be that there is a sizable contingent of adults in power that seek intimate access to your children.

11 posted on 04/07/2008 8:51:56 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: avg_freeper

That only works if you’re not working on creating yet another special class of civil rights.


12 posted on 04/07/2008 9:06:18 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: rhema

In HS they told us asprin was the best treatment AND prevention.

Place an asprin inside your left knee and hold it there with your right knee. Works ALL the time!


13 posted on 04/07/2008 9:39:06 AM PDT by SMARTY ('At some point you get tired of swatting flies, and you have to go for the manure heap' Gen. LeMay)
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To: avg_freeper

It may very well be that there is a sizable contingent of adults in power that seek intimate access to your children.

Bingo!


14 posted on 04/07/2008 9:40:02 AM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Nope. Not gonna do it.)
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To: rhema

Maybe we should start a “Drunk Drivers Education” class in schools, too. We should teach children how to drive drunk safely since they’re going to drive drunk anyway. (/sarc)


15 posted on 04/07/2008 10:08:44 AM PDT by Sopater (A wise man's heart inclines him to the right, but a fool's heart to the left. ~ Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: rhema

I have a solution, stop providing Health Care to people with STDs. That’ll freak some people out.


16 posted on 04/07/2008 11:11:32 AM PDT by Marko413
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17 posted on 04/07/2008 1:10:30 PM PDT by MplsSteve
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Yeah right, the 53% of high school students who have not had sex took a moral stand for virginity! Yeah, sure, whatever gets you to sleep at night.


18 posted on 04/07/2008 1:13:05 PM PDT by allmendream
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Yeah right, the 53% of high school students who have not had sex took a moral stand for virginity! Yeah, sure, whatever gets you to sleep at night.

Love the plaintive bellowing of gored oxen.

Did Kersten insinuate that they had? Of course she didn't. The reasons for their abstinence are obviously mutifaceted and varied, including one that's obvious to everyone except liberal politicians, liberal educators, and a few FReepers, apparently: a whole lot of them aren't thrilled about the odds-on prospects of getting an STD if they buy the liberal libertines' warmed-over Hefnerism.

19 posted on 04/07/2008 1:59:59 PM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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“that kids are going to “do it.” /This idea is one of the biggest cons of our generation. At least one group understands this — the 53 percent of high school students who reported that they had never had sexual intercourse”

I am afraid that Kersten did indeed insinuate that they ‘understood that it was a con’ that ‘everybody does it’. How many of those 53% would LIKE to do it but haven't yet had the opportunity?

20 posted on 04/07/2008 2:08:52 PM PDT by allmendream
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To: allmendream
Yeah right, the 53% of high school students who have not had sex took a moral stand for virginity! . . .I am afraid that Kersten did indeed insinuate that they ‘understood that it was a con’ that ‘everybody does it’.How many of those 53% would LIKE to do it but haven't yet had the opportunity?

At least you're admitting that it's not a matter of everyone's "[taking] a moral stand for virginity." And obviously not every abstainer has wised up to the liberal "con [that] everybody does it." Some of the 53 percent have taken that stand, others are afraid of STDs, and yet others haven't had an oppportunity to succumb to temptation. I don't care the reasons; my money's on the percentage to grow larger than 53 percent.

21 posted on 04/07/2008 2:32:00 PM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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I don't care the reasons; my money's on the percentage to grow larger than 53 percent.

Your optimism could be warranted. A 1998 study of 73,000 Minnesota high school students reveals that "The most common reasons for abstinence selected by females who had never had sex were a fear of pregnancy (82% of ninth-grade, 77% of 12th-grade students) or of STDs (75% and 61%, respectively). The third most common reason selected by ninth graders was the belief that sex was not right for a person their age (70%), and by 12th graders was a decision to wait until marriage (58%). . . .Among males who had never had sex, only about one in five in each grade cited concern about pregnancy as a major reason for their abstinence. Concern about STDs was the most common reason selected by ninth graders (57%) and the second most common reason selected by 12th graders (46%). The most common reason selected by 12th-grade males who had never had sex was a decision to wait until marriage (47%).

22 posted on 04/07/2008 2:54:09 PM PDT by Caleb1411 ("These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own." G. K. C)
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Ross says: "They see the harm that sex can do, and quite a few regret the choices they've made."

Amazing. Kids are seeing through the smoke being blown at them by the professors and administrators at Philistine U.

23 posted on 04/07/2008 3:11:32 PM PDT by Caleb1411 ("These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own." G. K. C)
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24 posted on 04/07/2008 10:56:43 PM PDT by Don W ( Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? . . . He's all right now...)
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