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On teen sex, ‘practical’ goes awry
Boston Globe ^ | April 20, 2011 | Frank L. McNamara Jr.

Posted on 04/20/2011 9:12:34 AM PDT by reaganaut1

ONCE AGAIN we return to the long-running morality play featuring condoms vs. abstinence as rival antidotes for the twin specters of STDs and teen pregnancy.

The grip of the bourgeoisie is vise-like; “practical” adult opinion in and out of government regards sex among the young strictly as a health issue. In that spirit, the Provincetown school board voted last June to offer free condoms to students of all ages without their parents’ consent. (Amid an outcry, the district reconsidered somewhat.) Earlier this month, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter launched a major condom-distribution campaign whose website offers to mail condoms to people as young as 11 years old. With the coming of the spring rut to high schools, adults and other educators across the country may follow a similar, if less conspicuous, approach.

But the young, who will live either up to or down to the standards set for them, deserve better than this well-meaning but flaccid approach.

Apart from the questionable efficacy (Will kids use them? Do they work?) and the fact that condoms have nothing to do with education, their free (another problem) distribution to high school students transmits two contradictory messages.

The first is amoral: sex in high school is tacitly okay, a recreational sport about which adults are agnostic, so long as it is “safe.” The second is irrational: sex for high school kids is, well, not okay, but we adults trust neither you kids to abstain nor ourselves to lead.

Sounded together, the two say: “We are giving up hope in your good behavior in order to be free from the fear of your bad.” And the kids see through this, and there is engendered in them cynicism and disdain for confused and cowardly adults and their incoherent ethical norms.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: condoms; education; free; moralabsolutes; school
Yes, this actually appeared in the Boston Globe, owned by the New York Times Company.
1 posted on 04/20/2011 9:12:35 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

It is curious that as a society, we seem to expect teens who fall from the virtue of chastity to retain the virtue of prudence.

Or maybe not, as a society we seem to have lost sight of the notion of virtue entirely, so clear thinking on the subject is likely to be in short supply.


2 posted on 04/20/2011 9:22:29 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: reaganaut1
Why is it that the only subject adults take a “well they will do it anyway” attitude is sex. If we applied the same standard to other teen vices it would create some interesting scenes. Teens are going to drink any way...so lets provide alcohol at school dances and run buses to take kids home. Kids are going to do meth...so let's get the chemistry teacher to show them how to mix those chemicals carefully.
3 posted on 04/20/2011 9:27:21 AM PDT by fungoking (Tis a blessing to live in the Ozarks.)
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To: reaganaut1

High school??

They are already working their way down to 11 year olds and this writer talks about high school kids.

This country has gone insane.


4 posted on 04/20/2011 10:53:27 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: fungoking

California Penal Code Section 261.5 defines unlawful intercourse. One element is one participant under 18.

California Penal Code Section 182(a)(5) gives one definition of conspiracy. An element is two or more persons, as in one student and one school official.

It’s always been a mystery why school officials can be guilty of both above crimes in distributing condoms to minors, especially given the attitude that “they’re going to do it anyway,” but never be charged.

Where are the District Attorneys?


5 posted on 04/20/2011 11:12:45 AM PDT by DPMD (~)
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To: fungoking

The answer to your question is very simple: sex outside of marriage is destructive of the family, a non-state institution, and thus, permitting and encouraging it increases the power of the state. Other prohibitions (underage drinking, using psychoactive substances not popular in Europe at the time of the American Founding, selling 100 watt incandescent light bulbs, etc.) increase state power.

The only activities the left wants to leave unregulated by the state are those which, when unregulated, increase the power of the state.


6 posted on 04/20/2011 11:52:06 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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7 posted on 04/20/2011 12:01:56 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: fungoking

The thing is, you can show a correlation between the home environment and expectations and the rate of promiscuity vs abstinence until marriage.

If it was inevitable that they would “do it anyway”, you’d see no difference between families who have a high moral standard and those that do not.


8 posted on 04/20/2011 12:04:44 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: DPMD

You are overlooking the California Penile Code which states, “If it feels good, do it.”


9 posted on 04/20/2011 12:24:14 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: GeronL
This country has gone insane.

Proverbs 14:34
Righteousness exalts a nation: But sin is a reproach to any people.

10 posted on 04/21/2011 4:54:43 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Joe 6-pack

45,000,000 “CHOICE” recipients cry out: REPENT!


11 posted on 04/21/2011 4:56:11 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: reaganaut1

“Teen” and “practical” do not belong in the same sentence.


12 posted on 04/21/2011 5:43:43 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Tornado relief: http://www.baptistsonmission.org/Projects/North-Carolina/Tornado)
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To: The_Reader_David

Oh, excellent analysis. I have not seen that point made so concisely before.


13 posted on 04/21/2011 5:45:01 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Tornado relief: http://www.baptistsonmission.org/Projects/North-Carolina/Tornado)
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To: The_Reader_David

I call it having a “Nero complex”. They need to get rid of the competition. Just like Nero burned out the patricians around his planned temple to himself.

If you look at anti-colonial screeds (the Marxist view of Africa, e.g.) they look to clog up the system with the “lumpenproletariat”, so they can step in with state power (read dictatorial militarism).


14 posted on 04/21/2011 6:13:12 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.
They need to get rid of the competition.

That's the 'Chicago way'. It has been Duh Won's approach to everything.

I know, this has been going on since before the 60s, and started with something as seemingly innocuous as the implied infidelities in Peyton Place.

15 posted on 04/21/2011 2:14:15 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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