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.

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2 Comments on “Two Consequences”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    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!

  2. Dennis Says:

    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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