Sex Education And Comprehensive Sexual Education

1609 WordsMar 22, 20167 Pages
Let 's talk about sex. Stances on comprehensive sexual education vary, whether it be from religious beliefs or past experiences, different views are held throughout. "It is in the interests of society in general... for every secondary school pupil to be in receipt of sexual education” (Cumper 16). The phrase ‘it’s better to be safe than sorry’ applies heavily on the topic of sex education, the idea of a pregnant and STD ridden 15 year old tends to frighten a million times more than the thought of proper contraception use and safe sexual encounters. Although the likeliness of a parent wanting their teen to engage in sex remains extremely low, most would prefer the latter. Comprehensive sexual education should be implemented in all schools…show more content…
In contrast, " The practice of avoiding sexual intercourse until marriage. Abstinence-only sex education programs focus on abstinence as the standard and preferred lifestyle for young people and emphasize the benefits of refraining from intercourse" ( Flynn 5). While abstinence only education discusses contraceptives, the idea of remaining pure until marriage is pushed through out. Even though there are numerous forms of sex ed, the former is ideal due to teenagers being knowledgeable about either path they take, and doing so safely. The infamous ideal of waiting until marriage, no matter if it’s ‘right’ or not, is claimed as the set standard of youth:"Nationally, rates of teen sexual activity have declined over the past fifteen years, yet even so, about half of all high school youth report having sex and more than one in five report having had four or more partners by the time they graduate from high school” (Dailard 73). Some teens, in fact “about half” are able to abstain from sex, meaning no pregnancy, and no STDs and the number is only growing. "There is no question...that increased abstinence meaning delayed vaginal intercourse among young people- has played a role in reducing both teen pregnancy rates in the United States and HIV rates in at least one developing country." Logic will tell that not having sex leads to not getting pregnant and not transmitting sexual diseases. "... while some teens promising to abstain from sex until
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