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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Whatever happened to "No Sex Please, We're British"

Nathan Gotsch over at Fort Wayne Observed wrote about Bob Caylor's editorial in last night's News-Sentinel which concerned a Knight-Ridder study showing declining teen pregnancy rates.

Bob Caylor praised the study as having good news. Nathan Gotsch rightly pointed out that perhaps Caylor had missed the real story. That story is that there exists a rising rate of teens engaging in oral sex with all of the consequences that can arise from increased STD's.

Gotsch wrote:
That's why Caylor's editorial misses the point. Our goal shouldn't just be to reduce teen pregnancy, but to make sure our kids know and understand all the potential ramifications their decisions can have on their health.

When it comes to oral sex, we're failing.
The Brits may have a somewhat different view than that of our young American writer. Incredibly, government sponsored studies there in the past two years have officially encouraged oral sex.

Mark Townsend, writing in the Guardian, in May of 2004:
Encouraging schoolchildren to experiment with oral sex could prove the most effective way of curbing teenage pregnancy rates, a government study has found.
The government, heartened by the study, Townsend continued,
... will recommend the scheme, called A Pause, to schools throughout England and Wales following the success of the trial in 104 schools where sexual intercourse among 16-year-olds fell by up to 20 per cent, according to Dr John Tripp of the Department of Child Health at the University of Exeter, who helped to design the course.
"A Pause," indeed!

A year earlier, the Guardian's John Carvel wrote:
Compulsory sex education for five-year-olds will be demanded today by government advisers on teenage pregnancy, as an essential step towards halving the under-18 conception rate by 2010.

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