Monday, December 29, 2008

Baby? Check. Bathwater? Check.

Premarital Abstinence Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds

I have yet to find the actual study on which this article is based; if anyone finds it, please let me know.

I am soooo glad I'm not a teenager these days. When I was, no one was pressuring me to have sex (not that others weren't having it, nor that I didn't have opportunities), and I remained pure until my wedding night. The simple and unarguable fact is that abstinence works every time it's tried.

The proper question is not why abstinence is "ineffective," but why it's not being tried. I think the answer lies in this quote from the anti-abstinence faction:

"There's been a lot of work that has found that teenagers who take part in abstinence-only education have more negative views about condoms," she said. "They tend not to give accurate information about condoms and birth control."
Might the fact that condoms have up to a 14% failure rate have something to do with that "negative view"? Would you fly in a commercial airliner that had a 14% chance of crashing? But I think there's an easier answer.

Abstinence doesn't sell. Sex, and condoms, do. Follow the money. To me, there are many vested interests in kids having sex, not to mention the fact that the media rams it down their collective throats. And, way too sadly, often their own parents expect and encourage it. How much support do kids who make these pledges get from anyone, especially in the school system? (I would hope they'd get it from their churches, but maybe THAT doesn't even happen!)

One other thing: In this day and age of "childhood obesity," what if kids were taking pledges to become more physically active, but weren't doing so? Would we see a study or a headline saying, "Exercise Pledges Ineffective, Study Finds"? I doubt it.

UPDATE: Nice dissection of this study by William McGurn in the WSJ.


Julia said...

Who has a vested interest in kids having sex? I mean, aside from the kids.

::genuinely curious::

It is more of accepting reality, rather than praising and encouraging it, but YMMV.

Sex IS enjoyable. People WILL have it.

and re condoms... I prefer to think of them as 86% effective.

Cygnus said...

Who does?

The abortion industry, for one. It makes lots of money off underage sex and even goes so far to look the other way at statutory rape. I will grant you that those who teach abstinence are as interested in government funding as Planned Parenthood is, although that's almost certain to change in a couple weeks. If kids weren't having sex, I bet Planned Parenthood would cease to exist.

The media, for another, in print, music, and news. And believe it or not, I think Fox News is one of the worst offenders in this regard, reflecting Rupe Murdoch's love of the salacious; Laura Ingraham has pointed this out with what she accurately calls the "pornification" of America. And even though she's appeared on Fox, she's taken them to task for their sexual sensationalism.

Julia said...

I do know a few married adult friends of mine have had to default to planned parenthood when they could not afford children nor birth control.

Again, YMMV.

Cygnus said...

I find it hard to believe anyone couldn't "afford" children. O ye of little faith.