Please read carefully: I’m starting this thread – a separate one - as a result of someone in another thread putting forth the notion that sex without protection is irresponsible and selfish – in effect, especially as regards a resulting unwanted pregnancy, often leading to abortion as an option. This is NOT a continuation of that thread…but a segue into other relevant and fundamental issues. In a “perfect” world, ideally, we would indeed ALL be educated and informed, early on, to make sound choices and decisions about sexual issues, and concerns. In a “perfect” world, there would be openness and frank discussions, and no fear of asking “silly questions” to someone who might know more than we do/did. But that place is neither HERE nor NOW, due to many existing and undeniable ‘imperfect’ factors. These include (but are not limited to) such things as early exposure, “experimentation/exploration”, peer pressure (as well as societal/cultural/media portrayal of ‘roles’ and expectations), personal self-image and “fulfillment” issues, acceptance, “proving” your love for someone, “how far… how soon”, “spontaneity and/or timing”, information (or MISinformation) received and believed…and what that source was/is. I invite members (presently ‘young’, or ‘older’ w/memories) to express their views (and only as candidly as they wish, of course), most especially relating to their own experiences, their notions (learned ‘formally’, or through “word-of-mouth”), and how their knowledge has been expanded on – or even if they have wished to learn more (and again, what sources were ‘chosen’ – reliable or otherwise). :dry: I’d prefer not to hear (though it might be inevitable…) such things as “NO SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE! PERIOD!!” This, to me (no offence), is all-too-often quite unrealistic (though it does occur, and might even be your belief. However it's not everyone's, and is therefore rather impractical to apply to everyone), especially since becoming sexually active happens at earlier and earlier ages (not to mention that aside from media influences, scientific studies are showing that young bodies are actually physically maturing, as well, at earlier and earlier ages due to environmental causes such as additives/chemicals and/or hormones in our food sources, water supplies, or around us)… This thread may of course be as informative as divisive…Let the games begin.