Growing Pains

The current issue of the Economist has an interesting article about the concerning rise in teen pregnancy rates. I recommend reading it if you have the time. Something that interested me about the article is the assertion that “Abstinence-only education makes a convenient scapegoat. But attacking it is a bit of a distraction.” Certainly, the point is valid that a more holistic approach to preventing teen pregnancy is necessary. But abstinence-only education is problematic for more reasons than just leading to ignorance about pregnancy and STI prevention. It also leads to sex being seen as something wrong and unnatural, which is definitely harmful to any teenager currently become a sexualized person for the first time.

What do y’all think?


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