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Abstinence only Education. by OurHandOfSorrow Abstinence only Education. by OurHandOfSorrow
"The worst thing to teach teenagers is abstinence only education!"

Regardless if any of you are personally going to wait till marriage to have sex, you all gotta agree it's completely ridiculous to expect all teenagers across the world to wait, right?

Waiting till marriage does not lower your risk of contracting an STI, having a pregnancy scare or the chance of having an abortion.

Abstinence does nothing but make some teenagers feel ashamed of themselves when they realize that their bodies are going against their teachers/parents/peers teachings that sex is only for two married people. It is perfectly normal to experience horny-ness when you hit that wonderful seven years of your life when you're a teenager.

You can teach teenagers abstinence only education till you're blue in the face, they're still probably going to go behind your back and engage in sexual activity anyway. Why? Because that's what teenagers do! Most of them are horny little bastards...Unless they're extremely asexual.

And sometimes it goes even further than: "Don't have sex till marriage!" Some of the teachings go as far as to tell teenagers that condoms and birth control to not help prevent STIs and pregnancy, when it is very clear that it does. Heck, if it weren't for condoms and birth control, I would have probably had an abortion by now!

I was mostly taught: "Just say no till marriage!" in school. We were taught about condoms and birth control and shit like that, but they always added: "Remember, kids! Just say no!"

Guess what? I had sex when I was 15 anyway. And thanks to my sex education classes, I've never been pregnant or had an STI in my whole life.

Get this: In countries like America, where they taught nothing but abstinence for 10 years: The teen pregnancies and STIs are high, and abortion is huge. It is more noticeable in states like Mississippi that don't teach sex education than it is compared to states that teach it.

While in countries like The Netherlands, where they teach sex education from the age of FIVE, the teenage pregnancies, transmitted STIs and abortions are the lowest in the WHOLE WORLD.

Facts and statistics on abstinence only education:


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Briannabater Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Professional Photographer
Ayep.  Thanks for posting this.
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Derpylicious8 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
our school has abstinence only education and now I've become the schools unofficial student sex ed teacher because people just come to me with questions.
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pokemonsonicgirl123 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, there was a great decrease in teen pregnancy in recent years.
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
I think that's cause the previous generation freaked them all out.
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LookAtMyLittlePoneh Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I actually read up somewhere that in those great European countries such as Holland, parents and teachers use an open and liberal approach to sex with their teenagers/teenage children, and allow them to talk about it openly, have boyfriends/girlfriends over for sleepovers, etc. And it really works too! Start reading about it here if ya wish: www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/…

If I was at one of the many catholic schools that are offered in Victoria, Australia (represent!) then I probably would've not have had the cooler, open approach to learning about drugs and sex than I did at my alternative school. Religion always likes to keep these matters private it seems, and it REALLY doesn't apply to today's society. I mean be religious if you want but some of the teachings are arachic, life is not black/white anymore because we have so much new information about all these categories of people. Is it really that bad or immoral even to have sex with a trusted boyfriend/girlfriend of months/years? Why does only marriage warrant a ticket to sex and family and stuff? It's only a ring on the finger, I don't see the connection between amazing family-ness and a ring, IMO. I guess I'm kind of biased because I'm atheist. I wouldn't mind if someone would want to try and "re-bunk" the ring and amazing family man/woman connection though, I love cool and calm debates ;)
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Student Writer
You don't seem to realize that Catholic operate under the assumption that there are moral dimensions to sex.
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LookAtMyLittlePoneh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hmmm ok? Moral dimensions? I'm only morally opposed to people having extremely casual sex where they do not even know the person well, I mean you are sharing bodies...so some amount of discretion should be involved. That is dangerous. But a ring is only symbolic to be honest. It doesn't actually mean anything in regards to sex. If people want to have sex after marriage go for it, but I feel that to force the same standard on everyone else is wrong.
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Student Writer
You are comparing the Dutch state-where most types of drugs an prostitution are legal-teaching system to that of the Catholic Church-one of the oldest institutions in the world. 
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LookAtMyLittlePoneh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm comparing the systems of sexual education and nothing else. What do prostitution and drugs have to do with sexual education?

Ok. The Catholic Church is one of the oldest institutions in the world. No offence if you're catholic, but why does that fact that it's older imply that it's better?
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Student Writer
For one thing you stated that you were opposed to complete strangers having casual sex-which is in essence prostitution, except with money.

For second, I wasn't, I was simply pointing out you were comparing two polar opposites.
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