Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Shock CDC Study: Most Teenagers NOT Having Sex

"Whether you like it or not, teens are going to have sex."

This is the message broadcasted in our society. We are told that we must get over our hang-ups and simply come to grips with the fact that most teenagers are having sex.

This attitude justifies all sorts of lurid media portrayals of teens. Don't like it? Well, sorry, but you're just out of touch. You're naive. You're ignorant. You're just "too conservative".

Of course, the prevalence of pre-marital sex, we are told, necessitates graphic sex education courses in high school. Just recently parents were in a fury in New York over the new program approved for the city's high schools that--at least to many people--seemed especially inappropriate. The New York Post reported on the details. Among other things. . .
* Kids ages 11 and 12 sort “risk cards” to rate the safety of various activities, including “intercourse using a condom and an oil-based lubricant,’’ mutual masturbation, French kissing, oral sex and anal sex.
* Teens are referred to resources such as Columbia University’s Web site Go Ask Alice, which explores topics like “doggie-style” and other positions, “sadomasochistic sex play,” phone sex, oral sex with braces, fetishes, porn stars, vibrators and bestiality.
Is it really the public high school's job to help kids learn about bestiality?

We are told: "Yes". Why? Because most kids are having sex, they are far more experienced than you think, and you are just silly to believe otherwise.

Or so goes the narrative.

The results of a major recent study carried out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which shatter such portrayals, are being quietly passed over.

What does it show? David Lapp sums up the most interesting data from the massive report:
From 1988 to 2006-2010, the percentage of never-married males aged 15-19 who have ever had sexual intercourse dropped from 60 percent to 42 percent.

For never-married females aged 15-19, it dropped from 51 percent to 43 percent.

From 2006-2010, of teenagers whose mother has some college or higher, 37 percent of males and 40 percent of females have ever had sexual intercourse.

Of teenagers who live with both biological or adoptive parents, 35 percent of males and 35 percent of females have ever had sexual intercourse.

The latest CDC data remind me of a 2010 study from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. It found that 87 percent of teenagers agree that “it is important for teens to be given a strong message that they should not have sex until they are at least out of high school.” Yes, you read that right: that’s teens who are saying that their cultural elders need to give them a strong message about waiting to have sex.
Out of touch? Too conservative?

And who was it again that was out of touch?

5 comments:

Philip Frederick said...

An interesting point a teacher brought up in one of my classes was that while the rate of teen sex is decreasing, the rate of STD's are increasing. This suggests that teens are still doing everything but sex. I think that is the crucial point missing here. There is an obvious need to go deeper than to say "don't have sex". But too conservative? Nope!

Just a Ponderer said...

I'm not sure how it necessarily follows that an increase in STDs and a decrease in teen sex means that teens are sexually active without actual intercourse. Firstly, teens generally do not have the self-control to have all the circumstances of near-sex and not actually follow through. Secondly, there are other explanations for the paradoxical data. For example, the percentage of teens having sex maybe relying more on "the pill" which does not prevent the spread of STDs instead of condoms which do. Kids generally can't afford that much, so doubling their contraception is less likely. As much as schools push the STD card, teens are not persuaded to abstain by risk of disease. Risk of pregnancy? Sure. Risk of emotional or social repercussions? Sure. STDs? Since no one with them advertises it, they don't seem as real.

Michael Barber said...

We also need to realize that multiple STDs can be contracted by a single individual.

Don't shoot the messenger. These are the CDC's own numbers!

Nick Childers said...

Science and Faith: Catholic Perspectives

Just something interesting ;)

TU said...

"For males, the lack of significant change in sexual experience from 2002 through 2006–2010 is a departure from a past trend of large and statistically significant declines in sexual experience prior to 2002." (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 5).

Did any of you read the actual report? It's saying that since 2002, there's been almost no change for males; that's a decade without any change.

Secondly, the definition of sexual activity per the questionnaire is as follows,"Have you ever had sexual intercourse with a female [or male]
(sometimes this is called making
love, having sex, or going all the
way)?"

Although you are inferring that teens are having less sexual activity, the reality is that although they are having less coitus, they are having alternative forms of it(oral, etc). The increasing rate of STD's suggests just that.

I would suggest that you take some math, science, and statistics courses before you spew claims without any scientific foundation. At least read the full report (and don't just cite a different person's interpretation of the report).