I got off of work late today and had every intention of not doing a post. Then I happened upon an article that just has so many tangents that one could write about that I simply can not resist putting in my two cents. This may not be the best subject for me to tackle but I am going to give it a go anyway.
The article in question is Oral sex lessons to cut rates of teenage pregnancy . It is a very short read, but such a fascinating subject. There are many other positives to teens engaging in oral sex, yet saving their ‘virginity’ for their life partner. It slows or stops the spread of AIDS (in their demographic) for instance. I can always trust that Flux over at BlackChampagne will have written something whenever I try to get into any sex discussion, and you will see that again, I was not disappointed I always enjoy reading the stuff that he writes regarding sex, as he has a way of making it more humorous than it should ever be, take the first line from his bit about the subject for instance, he says, “A study of the infection rates of swallowing fellatio-ers shows that none of them have reported HIV from their tasty non-dairy treat indulgence.”
At any rate, The original article (which, I must note, is a British article) goes on to say,
Encouraging schoolchildren to experiment with oral sex could prove the most effective way of curbing teenage pregnancy rates, a government study has found. Pupils under 16 who were taught to consider other forms of ‘intimacy’ such as oral sex were significantly less likely to engage in full intercourse, it was revealed.
I really think this is quite a wonderful approach to solving an age old problem, though the diseases and teen pregnancy are not really an ‘age old problem’, which is where the U.S. just totally loses touch with reality.
Times have changed a bit since the time when the white-haired guys who are now running the country were in their teens. The old-school idea of preaching abstinence is just not getting us anywhere. The fact that the Republican White House is also trying to keep from offering birth control to teens is worsening the problem. In the minds of the people who are trying to make the abstinence/no birth control thing work we are still in like 1950. Whether the times were really that different when they were in their teens, or whether a simple ‘hand-job’ was what worked to sate their desires is something that that we will never know. What we do know is that teen pregnancy is exploding all over the country, as are the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Why is the U.S. the country that still clings to such old taboos about sex? Britain has seen that their teen pregnancy rate has skyrocketed, and are now planning to inform (not teach) children about other means of sexual gratification in order to slow it down. The U.S. is standing pat with the ‘if we keep telling them not to have sex, eventually they will listen’ approach. I don’t know, I think Britain has better odds at success. Perhaps a plan such as theirs could also mean that a girl could lose her virginity when she was really ready to, as opposed to the basic ‘date-rape’ situation that has probably claimed the virginity of more than half of all women.
Another consideration which I had not thought about until just now is that, in the teens, traditional intercourse would not benefit the girl in any way. Leave her scarred for life, sure, but satisfied?? Big NO on that front. Your average male at that age could probably have an orgasm if a pretty girl was walking down the aisle on the school bus. I have never been female and at that age, but I am thinking that it takes a bit more than a second-and-a-half of phallus insertion to reach the ‘pleasure level’.
If informing (not teaching) students about oral sex could slow down the teen pregnancy rate, and thus cut down on our taxes, as there are less bastard children to raise, why not give it the thumbs up? Honestly, even if the thought of ‘oral sex’ sickens you (male or female), would it be worse to mother/father a child that is born with AIDS, or to take the initiative and make sure that there would be no child, if even just to grow up a bit yourself?
I have long been saying that I would rather pay for teen birth control than to pay for the bastard child that will likely be on government assistance until the day he/she dies. The ‘oral sex ed.’ thing seems to be working in Britain, as it has lowered teen prenancy by 20% in test schools. Those are numbers that I can get behind. But then I was a teen-aged boy at one point, and I would have ‘gotten behind’ damn near anything that wiggled.