Friday, April 13, 2007

Abstinence Only Fails

Not that this should surprise anyone who has any ability to think. Just say no has been an abject failure in every venue it has been rolled out into. What may be surprising is that this first study indicates that the hundreds of millions that have been spend on telling kids to just say no to sex has had, what amounts to, absolutely no impact on teen sexual activity.

Students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex a few years later as those who did not


those who attended one of the four abstinence classes reviewed reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not attend the classes, and they first had sex at about the same age as their control group counterparts — 14 years and nine months

just as likely to have sex, similar numbers of sexual partners, first had sex at about the same age... all for the low, low price of $175,000,000 a year. I wonder if we can get a full refund from all the right wing sexual snake oil sales people who have been able to use the Bush administration to rob the American public.

1 comment:

Deacon Tim said...

A wise professor of pastoral counseling told me once (in those glorious, idealistic, pre-cynical seminary days) "People are going to f**k. Get over it."

But since modern religion is dominated by people who can't "get over it," and since those religionists now dominate our government, we try in vain to stop young people from following their biological (read: God-given) desire to copulate. But hey, what's a lousy $175,000,000 bucks these days? That's a single day of expenditures in the one of the other wars we're losing. the one in Iraq. Talk about getting f**ked.