Thursday, March 13, 2008

Penis! Vagina! Fellatio! Cunnilingus! Intercourse!


Good heavens, did we just say those words out loud?

You bet we just did. We only wish more people would join us.

This week the Centers For Disease Control released a study showing that about 1 in 4 teenage girls in the Unites States - and nearly half of black girls - has a sexually transmitted disease.

That's. Appalling.

Look, we understand, some teenagers are going to practice risky sexual behavior no matter what. They're teenagers. They think they're bulletproof.

But the vast majority of sexually active teenagers (and most teenagers today are sexually active in one way or another) have no idea what "risky sexual behavior" is.

Why?

First, their parents don't talk to them about sex. Usually because the parents are either ignorant or embarrassed. Or a combination of both.

Second, teenagers are ignorant about risky sexual behavior because America's schools generally (but not always) have sexual education classes that are about as informative and engaging as watching paint dry. If they have them at all.

It's time to change that.

We are sympathetic to good, loving and engaged parents who don't wish to have their son or daughter attend sexual education classes early in their high school education. And, the local school system could probably come up with a process to let students whose parents object to sexual education classes on moral grounds op out.

But the vast majority of America's teenagers should go to sexual education classes. And condoms should be easily accessible in high schools for students to take.

Not because we want sexual education classes and condoms to make students more sexual (if it's even possible for teenagers to be "more" or "less" sexual, prime time television will take care of the "more" part). Not because we're a flaming liberal who wants to use the liberal school system to impose our liberal social views on God's children.

But because teenagers are going to be making whoopee no matter what (look at the numbers of the CDC study if you don't believe us)

And our school systems should be educating our kids on how they can protect themselves as they're making that whoopee (and yes, that even includes teaching the benefits of waiting until you're married to have sex).

Because at the end of the day all we're talking about is sex.

And everybody is doing it.

Or wishes they were.

We're just saying.