0 comment Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | admin
I know I said I wouldn't write about orgasms any more but then I came across this on the ABC website. And this on the AP.
Seems Britain's National Health Service has come up with a leaflet called "Pleasures." It encourages teenagers to masturbate or have sex once a day. In this way, teenagers will avoid unwanted pregnancies, so goes the argument.
Specifically, reports the Times Online, the government tells teens they have a "right to an enjoyable sex life and that regular intercourse can be good for their cardiovascular health."
Educators are exhorted to "tell teens about the positive physical and emotional effects of sex and masturbation, which is described as an easy way for people to explore their bodies and feel good."
The authors of the leaflet lament that, "For too long, experts have concentrated on the need for 'safe sex' and loving relationships while ignoring the main reason that many people have sex, that is, for enjoyment."
"Under the heading 'an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away', the leaflet declares: 'Health promotion experts advocate five portions of fruit and veg[gies] a day and 30 minutes physical activity three times a week. What about sex or masturbation twice a week?'" according to the Daily Mail.
In a strange twist of irony, the existence of this Pleasure pamphlet came to light when a study showed that teenagers participating in a governmental program designed to stop teen pregnancy were more than twice as likely to become unwed mothers.
This novel approach to teen sex may be coming soon to a city near you.
Already there is a sex hotline for teenagers in North Carolina. The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina ("APPCNC") developed something called the "Birds and the Bees Textline."
The Birds and the Bees will answer any anonymous sex question texted to them by a teen for free. Shelly Swanson, the program manager, says, "The phone has not stopped buzzing."
And, reports ABC, "organizations in several states -- and even one in Germany -- have reached out to Swanson to inquire about expanding the service or developing their own similar programs."
So what questions and answers have been posed by North Carolina teens thus far? Well, here's one example: "Is sex good?"
The fortune-cookie answer? "Like anything else in life it can be good or bad. It all depends on your mood, who you're with and whether you're mature enough to deal with the consequences."
Oh, the relief I feel that this most vexing part of parenting doesn't fall on my shoulders. I don't know who these texting grown-ups are, but by golly I trust them to impart my values, in 160 characters or less. How about you?