Not everyone is doing it

Not everyone is doing it

Ann Bailey

“So what programs on television promote and/or normalize premarital sex?”  That was the question that I asked UFI’s intern.  She paused for a moment and replied:  “All of them!”    Contrary to what you are led to believe by media and popular culture, convincing young people to remain abstinent before marriage is not a lost cause.

A recent report compiled by  the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) gives a wealth of information as to what has happened to adolescents over the last four decades.  It compares Comprehensive Sex Education and Abstinence Education and dispels many myths; myths such as:

  • “young people are going to have pre-marital sex no matter what adults say or do”
  • “if you just put on a condom when you have sex, you’ll be safe from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections”
  • “if you use a condom, you won’t get pregnant”
  • “sex is a recreational activity and should not be limited by anything except that both parties should be consenting.”

These are just a few.  You can go hereto see the report and see why the above statements are naive, out-dated, and simply wrong.   But one thing that was most interesting to me  was the chart below.   Fewer adolescents – not more – are having sex outside of marriage.   Note also that the percentage of abstinent guys is now approaching the same percentage as for young women.  Appears that the trend line is pretty good!

It is also interesting to note that the large percentage increase in numbers of youth who remain abstinent corresponds to the Bush administration’s push for abstinence education programs in schools.  Coincidence?  Read the report and find out.

If you have children – no matter what their age – this is some important  information for you to know  and share.

1Comment
  • Anastasia
    Posted at 12:26h, 24 July Reply

    Well, for the ages depicted on the chart, i would certainly hope that they were not having sex! In my opinion, NOBODY should be having sex before the age of 18…I myself waited til I was 20 and 100% sure of my financial/emotional/intellectual maturity before having sex the first time. And even then, it was with a man I’d known for 2 years and knew that he respected me just as much as I respected him.

    I don’t believe sex before marriage is actually wrong (I’m still single at 25), but I do think that random, unplanned sexual encounters or sex before maturity is not something that should be glorified in our society.

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