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View Diary: GOP "Abstinence Only" Rep Cassidy's unwed teen daughter is pregnant. Can he work AND be good father? (218 comments)

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    I would rather kids wait til they are 18 so they are legally able to do whatever they want to do regardless of the situation they are in.

    Teens do lots of dumb and dumber things now.  Especially when so many do not understand at all how to stop the spread of certain STDs because they are kept in ignorance and rewarded with shame for even thinking about taking action on their own in terms of self education.

    I read in SLUT--(a book ) that when surveyed Teen Girls felt that if they prepared to have a sexual encounter with a boy by using birth control, that THAT made them a slut. But if they were unprepared for sex--meaning no pills, no condoms, etc., then "sex" just happened and that psychologically they felt that was more acceptable and protected them from the "slut" label.

    My jaw dropped. The book has been in print for a while, but I hope, that behavior has been mitigated if not outright changed.

    No BC often means no protection against HPV, Syphillis, Gonorhea, HIV/AIDs, PID, and god knows what else. And those infections can cause infertility as well as certain forms of cancer. Even genital herpes can lead to neurological degenerative situations if the virus attacks the myelin sheaths of the spine causing meningitis and MS.

    SO keeping girls ignorant and shaming them for knowledge doesn't just affect them in their dumb teen years where ignorance intersects with experimentation. It can lead to a lifetime of health problems and heart ache that could have easily been solved with education and access to something as simple as condoms and in some cases vaccines.

    "It were a thousand times better for the land if all Witches, but especially the blessing Witch, might suffer death." qtd by Ehrenreich & English. For Her Own Good, Two Centuries of Expert's Advice to Women pp 40

    by GreenMother on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 09:01:43 AM PDT

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