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Failings of Abstinence until Marriage

In Youth Rights on August 14, 2013 by edwinforyouthrights

Typed by Edwin Bonilla

Abstinence until marriage sex education is a wrong way to teach sex education. That type of sex education is implicit oppression because this type of course demands that girls and boys abstain from sex until they are married. In that type of program, information about contraception and condoms are withheld because if those programs taught about contraception and condoms, then girls and boys would know more about their choices. Since 2007, members of Congress have authorized millions of dollars to abstinence until marriage sex education programs. That is a waste. Girls and boys are people as well. That type of program is implicit oppression because it demands an upmost loyalty to wait until they are married. Girls and boys should be treated as people so this means that they should have choices. Making choices about sex are decisions that shouldn’t be denied.

Comprehensive sex education is the right way to teach sex education. In this type of program, truthful information about contraception and condoms are given to girls and boys. Abstinence is emphasized until the girls and boys are ready. This type of course encourages girls and boys to make good decisions about sex. Unintended pregnancies are reduced by young people who learn the information presented in the course. It is beneficial when statistics show a decrease in unintended pregnancies. Comprehensive sex education should be a model which is taught at all schools. It’s intolerant to assume that most girls and boys will be abstinent until marriage. Parents should also talk to their daughter or son about sex in a comprehensive manner. It is as important for parents talk about their daughter or son about this topic as schools teach about this topic.

The average age at which people are marrying has increased since decades ago. This is another reason why abstinence until marriage sex education is ineffective. That type of program is fighting an aspect of society which is not a bad thing. Blocking information about contraception and condoms from a sex education is a disservice to girls and boys because it is deliberate attempt to take away sensible decision making regarding this. Abstinence until marriage programs should not be taught outside of certain private schools. In addition, comprehensive sex education should be the standard approach when talking about this topic.

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