To that question, I answer, "yes." I believe the true, effective way of preventing, or at least decreasing, teenage promiscuity is once again to teach morals and to create an environment that applauds and supports people who choose abstinence as method of safe sex. We also need to teach males not to pressure their girlfriends for sex. I am not claiming that no teenage female wants to have sex, for some of my close girlfriends do desire a sexual relationship, but sex ed programs need to demonstrate that using sex as a substitute for intimacy and love in many teenage relationships is inexcusably wrong. Additionally, parents and teenagers need to open up mutual lines of communication. Teenagers must know that whether they decide to be sexually active or abstinent, their parents will still love and support them. I believe if this love, support, and respect from romantic partners, parents, and friends is established, we will see far more beneficial outcomes than those which any condom can deliver.
We are a society that addresses symptoms and not causes. For instance, instead of eating properly and exercising to lose weight, we would rather purchase "fat-trapper pills" and invest in millions of other diet gimmicks. Our search for the easy solution to teenage promiscuity is no different. It is so much less time-consuming, and less embarrassing to advocate "safe" sex through condom distribution than to step back and really examine why teenagers are having sex so early.
I think deep down many know that the reasons go far beyond just hormones, but admitting the true causes requires one to take responsibility for a complicated solution, a solution that involves action, not only by teenagers, but also by parents and teachers. Even Anna Quindlen, a proponent of condom distribution, acknowledges another, deeper issue that lies beneath the condom distribution debate. In her essay entitle "A Pyrrhic Victory," Quindlen emphasizes, "This isn't really about condoms, of course, but about control and the shock of adolescent sexuality and the difficulty parents have communicating with their kids " (432). Lack of open communication and understanding existing between the majority of teenagers and their parents, Quindlen says, is the true culprit in the search for reasons behind the increase in teenage sexual intercourse today.
Parents, health care professionals and teens themselves all have a wide range and varied view on the cause and effects of risky behavior patterns that teens partake in. What parents, teachers and health care professionals try to instill – things like boundaries, respect, appropriateness, education against things like sexual promiscuity and inappropriate activity, alcohol and …
I’m sure when I became vegetarian at age sixteen, my parents saw this as an act of teenage rebellion. I was rejecting their views on animal rights, cooking, and diet and branching off on my own. Of course, this act of rebellion was not highly worrisome as it did not harm myself or others. But rebellious acts are simply anything out of the norm. A Christian child who stops going to church can be viewed as rebellious. An A+ student who stops studying can also be seen as rebelling. Other rebellious acts can be more extreme however. These actions can include sexual promiscuity, drugs, gambling, crime, skipping school, smoking, or suicide attempts.
This story sheds light on the friendships of a clique of seniors named The Class of 96 and the lives they live outside of school.
Some of these friends live dark lives behind closed doors and touches on Child Abuse, Drug Addiction, Peer Pressure, Promiscuity and lastly the greatest frickin year of all, Senior year.