Now that I have your attention I’d like to talk about a recent online article that caught my eye. Amid cries of triumph and in some cases outrage Utah has passed a bill banning sex education in schools. Many concerned parents and faculty members are speculating how this will affect the students and what if anything can be done about it. Today I would like to delve a little deeper into Sex – The New Taboo.
It’s been joked about in movies for years but is The Talk still a part of growing up? If Utah lawmakers have their way it will have to be if you want your children educated about safe sex. In a vote that passed 19-10 it stated that: “Human sexuality instruction or instructional programs may not include instruction in, or the advocacy of, the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior; homosexuality; the use of contraceptive methods or devices; or sexual activity outside of marriage,” reads the bill, HB 363.
Sex it seems is something lawmakers believe should be addressed at home. I cannot say that I disagree with that view but I can also see huge problems. According to the CDC one in every ten mothers is a teenager more than nine times that of teens in other developed nations. Pregnancy isn’t the only concern for sexually active teenagers. More research shows that one in four teenage girls has an STD and girls aren’t the only ones at risk. The rate of boys aged 15-19 diagnosed with AIDs has doubled in the last 10 years with syphilis on the rise as well. With statistics like this it’s hard not to question the effectiveness of Sex Education and Parent to child communication.
What can you do?
No matter what your standpoint is on sex education I think everyone can agree that we want what is best for our children. A major part of educating teenagers about safe sex is to give them information they will use to make potentially life changing decisions. Just that you are willing to take the time to answer their questions can make a huge impact.
Ultimately the decision on whether or not to have the talk with your children and how you go about it is up to you. I urge you to at least let your kids know that they can come to you with questions or concerns. It never hurts to have good communication with your loved ones.
How do you feel about the ban on Sex Education in schools? Will you talk to your children about safe sex and abstinence? Leave a comment below!
You can find more information about sex education and prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/
- Utah Ditches Sex Education (lezgetreal.com)
- Why Utah’s Anti-Sex-Ed Bill May Backfire (livescience.com)
- Study: Sex Education Leads To Healthier Sexual Behavior (thinkprogress.org)
- “Silence Equals Death” (dgsmith.org)