Skip to comments.Abstinence and the Left (Why does the New York Times hate teen Abstinence?)
Posted on 02/12/2010 8:37:11 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Alarmed by a recent well-publicized study showing that abstinence education succeeded while safe sex and comprehensive sex-ed programs failed, the Left has abandoned its abstinence doesnt work claim and drawn up a new line of defense.
Consider what the New York Times had to say. According to its editorialists, the newly evaluated abstinence program succeeded because it was freed from the moralistic overtones and ideological restrictions of prior abstinence education.
You can bet that anyone who pontificates about moralistic overtones in abstinence education has never held an actual abstinence curriculum in his hands, let alone read one.
Why does abstinence education come under unending, if completely uninformed, attack? In part, because abstinence was strongly associated with the Bush administration and anything tied to Bush has always been fair game to liberals.
In addition, real abstinence curricula teach three things that are anathema to the sex-education lobby running things in Washington, D.C.
First, abstinence programs teach that teens should abstain from sex until they have at least finished high school. Ninety-one percent of parents agree. But the comprehensive sex-ed programs promoted by House Speaker Pelosi and President Obama teach that its okay for teens to have sex as long as they use a condom. Only 9 percent of parents agree.
Second, abstinence curricula teach that sex should be linked to love, intimacy, and commitment and that these qualities are most likely to be found in marriage. Again, 90 percent of parents support this message. But the Left is appalled at privileging marriage over casual relationships, cohabitation, or hooking up. The ideological message of abstinence has to go!
Finally, abstinence education teaches (with special emphasis for poor, at-risk youth) that marriage can be beneficial to children, adults, and society. The black out-of-wedlock birth rate in the U.S. now hovers at 70 percent; the overall out-of-wedlock birth rate is nearly 40 percent. Non-marital births overwhelmingly occur to the least-educated parents, and out-of-wedlock childbearing is the strongest cause of child poverty in the United States. Therefore, one might think that mentioning the benefits of marriage to at-risk youth would be good idea.
Wrong! Nothing outrages the Lefts sex-ed advocacy industry more than telling at-risk youth that healthy marriage might be a good thing for them. (Safe bet: No sex-ed curriculum funded by the current Congress will say anything positive about marriage.)
Now, to return to the Times editorial, its true that the recently evaluated abstinence program urged abstinence but apparently did not contain the three themes outlined above. However, there is no reason to assert, as the Times does, that this abstinence program succeeded precisely because it lacked these themes. There had been eleven prior evaluations documenting the success of traditional abstinence programs, which the Times neglected to mention to its readers.
The bottom line: The sex-ed industrys successful effort to kill federally funded abstinence education was about liberating teens from ideological and moralistic messages. The dilemma for the Left is that parents overwhelmingly approve these messages and condemn the core values of the comprehensive sex-ed programs currently pushed by Congress. Teaching teens that hooking up is a fine idea so long as you use a condom just doesnt fly.
Hawking a product no one wants, most left-wing sex-education advocates conceal their agenda with smoke and mirrors. Since most liberal pundits have never read the actual curricula they condemn or applaud, its no surprise the pundit class sometimes ends up deceiving itself.
Robert Rector is a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
i wants to use the youth to make their liberal agenda so anything goes for them.. they vote once in a while .. so why not..
Abstinenece should be spelled Abstinence. Sorry about that.
Abstinence makes the hard grow fonder...............
The LEFT is a miserable lot.
Most have sexual diseases, gay, humped everything in sight, had abortions and to condemn this HURTS THEIR FEELINGS. The more misery they can recruit the BETTER THEY FEEL. The morality of the LEFT is a free for all on everything.
Because Planned Parenthood might lose LOTS of customers!
I've been saying until I'm blue in the face, it's about advancing the Sex Positive Agenda which seeks to end all moral judgements over ALL sexual pairings regardless of sex, age, relation, marital status, number, or species of partner(s).
They oppose abstinence because they find it to be a denial of sexual desire. They seek to see everyone sexually active at every age.
This goes beyond merely lining Planned Parenthood's coffers. This goes beyond just advancing the Homosexual Agenda. This is the shebang.
Positive.org has a "just say yes" campaign for teens, encouraging them to experiment sexually.
The dirty little secret is that WE as taxpayers fund this lobbying effort through our public hospitals, public universities, and taxpayer support of Planned Parenthood and other such groups.
It's international in scope and contrary to social mores. Kinsey and Reich were among the mid-20th century proponents. Feminists were also on board.
Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings Favorite Book for Teens Too Lewd for Seattle Times (Parents and Teachers for Responsible Schools | February 7, 2010)
The book is a collection of essays, purportedly written by homosexual teens. Under the guise of offering advice and encouragement several of them detail sexual encounters they enjoyed as children and teens, sometimes with adults! They are presented as fond memories, not as risky behavior or molestation.
Namely because teen abstinence stops abortion and venereal disease in its tracks, both money-making industries for the Dem Party and their liberal allies (think Planned Parenthood).
They can seduce the children (literally and figuratively). Drive a wedge between the kids and their parents’ religious teachings (homosexuality is NOT wrong but your PARENTS ARE...).
Break them down, rebuild them. Just like the military.
Abolish All Private Schools Immediately, this crap will stop overnight when the Masters are REQUIRED to send their young to the same Government Schools as us Serfs.
Abortion is a cash cow. They want the money to keep pouring in and ideally have YOU subsidize it if not directly pay for it through HIGH taxes. Abortion takes a tremendous psychological toll of the self esteem of females. They LIKE this. This too will reduce their self confidence. They will be encouraged to keep making the same mistakes when they are REWARDED for these mistakes. Yes, your subsidizing or paying for abortions REWARDS those having them. There is no more INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY left. It becomes a “community” or a societal problem. The bigger the problem the MORE YOU PAY FOR IT.
Tell me, how many people will admit THEY made a mistake? In this self absorbed, point the finger to someone else, it rarely happens. If it does happen the MDEIA disses them to keep the lies alive - meaning it's not your fault and you shouldn't have to pay for it. Spread the responsibility around to someone else - ideally through BIGGER GOVERNMENT and HIGHER TAXES that someone else should pay to make your MISTAKES BETTER. To be IRRESPONSIBLE is to be politially correct. Blame someone else and be a victim all your life is what is more acceptable today. The conservative message is against this so it must be ridiculed and silenced.
“They can seduce the children (literally and figuratively). Drive a wedge between the kids and their parents religious teachings (homosexuality is NOT wrong but your PARENTS ARE...).
Break them down, rebuild them. Just like the military.”
I constantly point out how wrong the left is and how their ideology is a timeless recipe for self destruction.
The Left seems to think that young people WILL ALWAYS have sex. The Left seems to think that there is NOTHING that can control the raging hormones in America's young people.
So, since the Left cannot possibly imagine young people who have something called "self control:, it just gives up, and says, in effect, "Since we really do not want to take the time to instruct you on the benefits of self-control, we will teach you, instead, about the techniques of sex."
This same attitude -- about the futility of teaching or expecting self-control -- also drives, it seems to me, the Left's notion of things like adultery and homosexuality.
You guys are familiar with the Frankfurt School, are you not?
We constatnly tell them differently.
I explain, with patience (and struggle with civility at times...) that they are emotionally disturbed and oftne physically abused people who lack proper roile models and guidance and live in denial of the obvious - the parts don’t fit.
God didn’t create Steve and Joe. He created Adam and Eve. The parts fit and they were able to reproduce.
“You guys are familiar with the Frankfurt School, are you not?”
No. Tell me about it, if you have time.
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