Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Canadian Jailbait: All Talk, No Action

A big study of Canadian teens' sexuality has revealed that they are severely uninteresting. The actual rate of teen sexuality across the board - both genders and all age groups - is significantly less than the estimates of parents and of teens themselves (see the link for the actual numbers). This is extremely disappointing people! Sex is very good, and what better time to do it than in high school? God knows teenagers don't have anything else going for them, they're the least interesting group of people on the planet. The least they can do is live up to their own expectations vis. bumping uglies.

In all seriousness, there are a couple of truly disturbing things in the article:

The other piece of good news is that almost three-quarters of teen girls and 61 per cent of boys consider abstinence to be an option -- although, again, it doesn't mean that they will actually choose that option, said Dr. Frappier. "A lot have said that they have considered abstinence. It doesn't mean that they are abstinent. "

Good news? Shut the fuck up, Joanne Laucius of The Ottawa Citizen and lead researcher Dr. Jean-Yves Frappier, head of adolescent medicine at Montreal's Sainte-Justine University Health Centre. Are we really as backwater as all that? How much do you want to bet that Joanne Laucius and Jean-Yves Frappier are far from abstinent themselves? Abstinence (usually equivalent to ignorance) is not a desirable state for teenagers, nor is it safe. What you want is for kids to be informed and responsible, which brings me to the other scary part.

The bad news is that almost all the teens failed when it came to their understanding of sexually transmitted diseases -- out of 32 marked questions about STDs, the average score was four. This is especially worrisome because the incidence of sexually transmitted infections among teens has been on the rise for about seven years, said Dr. Frappier.

Assuming the test itself was decent (a big assumption... judging from the first quote, the test might have just been teen fear-mongering), that's pretty awful. I'd way rather hear that teenagers are having all kinds of dirty, kinky, raunchy, confident, empowering, safe, sexy sex than a little bit of awkward, uninformed, embarrassed, dangerous, boring sex.

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