Sexual Education

Discussion in 'Soap Box' started by Aeterna, Feb 13, 2009.

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  1. Aeterna

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    I have an argument I want to make, that I think is going to enrage some people.

    The statement of my argument is this: Sexual education should not be a parent's choice.

    Here is some of the reasoning behind my argument:

    1. A good government needs to implement comprehensive sexual education to protect public health.

    1. A good government should do it's best to protect the public health.
      1. A government already does this through public sanitation.
    2. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are a threat to public health.
      1. According to Medpage today, STDs are on the rise. Source:
      2. According to the Los Angeles Times, certain STDs are on the rise because of risky sexual behavior. Source:
      3. According to Medical News Today, some of these STDs can be treated with early recognition. Source:
    3. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) can be prevented with sexual education.
      1. According to the American Psychological Association, comprehensive sexual education helps promote safer sex practices. Source:
    4. Not all forms of sexual education are effective enough to prevent STDs.
      1. According to MSNBC, many pediatricians do not believe abstinence-only education is effective. Source:
      2. According to the New York Times, the largest study on abstinence only education found it did not effect one's sexual debut. Source:
      3. According to the Washington Post, abstinence-only education had virtually no effect on condom use, when compared with normally available services. Source:
    5. Therefore, a good government should implement comprehensive sexual education to prevent the spread of STDs, thus protecting the general health of it's citizens.
    Not all parents are capable of giving their children comprehensive sexual education, nor do all parents want their children to have comprehensive sexual education.

    However, people will eventually begin to have sex. If they are never given the opportunity to learn about sexual diseases, and how to prevent sexual diseases, then how can they protect themselves when they start having sexual intercourse?

    Relying on parents alone to teach their children about STDs is not effective enough to combat the rising levels of STDs inside of the United States, and across the world. Therefore, we should take the responsibility out of the hands of parents, and put it in to the hands of professionally trained teachers, who can ensure children understand STDs well enough to prevent them.
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  2. Summer.Rain

    Summer.Rain Well-Known Member

    I think its should be less about education and more about law
    there are laws against sex until the age of 16 to 18 or even 20
    (depends on the country)
    But i think that:
    1. The laws must me universal, like NO SEX UNTIL 20 all over the world
    2. WITH NO EXCEPTIONS (like if you are a 14 y\o girl you can have sex with 15 y\o)
    3. This law should be enforced by any means, with harsh punishments.

    Of course education is important too, but it is secondary.

    By doing so you solve problems like early age pregnancy, and many other
    things that i cant think about right now.
    Plus HIV among teenagers will gone (same as many other sexual "issues")
  3. cult logic

    cult logic Staff Alumni

    Realistically that could never work. Ever.

    People are meant to have sex and will continue to do so no matter what the laws are.
  4. soliloquise

    soliloquise Well-Known Member

    totally agree with the above post.. 20 is far too old....
    everyhbody would break that law and it would not cut down teen pregnancy, you do that by education, free accessible contraception etc
  5. jameslyons

    jameslyons Well-Known Member

    Abstinence doesn't work, and has never worked. Education and providing contraceptives does work. I understand why adults are uncomfortable with kids having sex, but they should really pay more attention to what they did growing up. :)

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