Saturday, April 5, 2008

Two Consequences

of thinking an environment in which abstinence-only education is promoted is a good thing, I present two examples to the contrary:

US-funded health search-engine censors all results for searches on "abortion"

Teens think drinking bleach will prevent HIV.

That second one is really pissing me off. Can we just admit that there's a huge overlap between anti-abortion and anti-intellectual, and that said overlap is not an accident?

Ugh, I'm so annoyed I'm even more incoherent than normal.


Anonymous said...

The overlap is bad. However, stories, rumors, and urban legends are difficult to overcome. I remember all the talk when I was in high school, that if a boy drank Mountain Dew, he couldn't get someone pregnant. Convenient since many of us drank Mountain Dew and wanted sex!

Dennis said...

Yes, but the immediate, obvious and effective answer to urban legends/stories/rumors is to increase the knowledge and education available to people - not to keep them in the dark!

Many, many feminists claim that the so-called "abstinence-only" education is really about controlling women. I agree, especially seeing as how comprehensive sex education includes the possibility of not having sex, whereas "abstinence-only" actively works to shield individuals from knowledge that could serve to keep them safe.

I can't believe this debate even exists in the 21st century.

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