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Should teenagers be taught how to have "safe sex" in school or by parents/authority figures?

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Started: 2/20/2015 Category: People
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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comegys59

Pro

We have to accept that for a wide variety of social reasons teens are now more sexually active than ...
We have to accept that for a wide variety of social reasons teens are now more sexually active than ever " a development which preceded widespread sex education and which cannot therefore be blamed on it. Keeping children in ignorance about sex will not stop them having sex, but it will mean that the sex they have is riskier, resulting in unplanned pregnancies, abortions and STD infections. Condoms, while not perfect, are widely recommended for the prevention of STDs. They have been shown to be effective in reducing infection rates in both men and women. So it is important to make the idea of safe sex more attractive to these teenagers to prevent STDs and for teens to get pregnant. This is why at schools teenagers should be told and encouraged to use condoms if they are going to have sex.Safe sex education is a right, regardless of your religious background. Religious groups should not...
Safe sex education is a right, regardless of your religious background. Religious groups should not be able to dictate the curricular of state-funded schools. Teens must have access to a range of viewpoints on human sexuality, including biological, religious, ethical, and health perspectives, in order to help them make up their own minds as to the right way to act. A choice for chastity until marriage is much more meaningful, and much more likely to be kept, if it is a positive and informed decision. Parents don"t have absolute rights over their children, society has an important stake in their upbr...
Parents don"t have absolute rights over their children, society has an important stake in their upbringing and this is primarily carried out through the school system. The costs and social impact of unsafe sexual practices that result in STDs and teen pregnancy are carried by society as a whole, not just the parents of those involved. So education about safe sex is entirely justifiable. In any case, many parents do not feel able to talk to their children about sex, leaving them in a dangerous state of ignorance
16kadams

Con

My opponent seems to make a few claims.

(1) Safe-sex education will make children more responsible (fewer STD's, pregnancies, etc)
(2) Safe-Sex education is a "right"
(3) Abstinence education means parents have absolute control over their children.

(1) Comprehensive sex education and STDs/Pregnancy

The claim that teaching children about safe sex will reduce STD rates is not backed by empirical findings. A review of 22 studies--16 related to abstinence education. Of those 16, 12 reported positive findings. In other words, teaching kids to *not* participate in sex at all reduced the rate at which teenagers were involved in sexual activity. The 6 other studies answered the question as to how virginity pledges and other more moderate teachings which discourage *all* sex. Five of them found positive findings. Overall, 17 out of 22 of the studies proved that NOT telling children about safe sex actually *reduces* sexual activity. This means STD and pregnancy rates would decrease if the opposite of what my opponent espouses occurs (1).

This begs the question: what is wrong with sex? Exploratory research in animals (whose brains mimic the teenage minds) has found the younger the animals began to mate, there were increased levels of mental issues such as depression (2). Studies in relation to humans obtain similar results. Even participating in mere oral sex can harm teenagers. At least half of the teenagers who consented to sex regretted the decision and felt used. Although men seem to be less affected, women seem to almost universally suffer higher rates of mental issues (3). Those who begin sexual activity at the young age at thirteen never return to abstinence, have elevated rates of STD's and are at risk for pregnancy (4).

NOT teaching children about safe sex reduces all of these harms.


(1) http://www.heritage.org...
(2) http://www.foxnews.com...
(3) http://www.chc.ucsf.edu...
(4) http://www.heritage.org...

(2) Safe sex is a right?

I do not see anywhere in the constitution where it says "the right to safe sex education shall not be infringed"... It is possible to argue it is preferable, but not that it is a right.

(3) Parents should not be authoritarian

Parents which exercise more control over their children's sex life reduce the amount of sexual acts their children commit before marriage (5). This means parental "authoritarianism" actually helps children. Further, as children are not of the legal age, children are allowed to be told what to do as long as its not abusive. Not allowing your kids to be f*cked is not particularly abusive.

(5) http://www.heritage.org...
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Mr_Brute 1 year ago
Mr_Brute
LOL Envisage> right so!!
Posted by Mr_Brute 1 year ago
Mr_Brute
Having sex will cause depression? really?
That is an interesting study, and most unusual, I should think.
As a european, we were thaught about sex by our school teacher, it worked out fine.

Unfortunately for me, I had already had my first "sexual experience" by then..
Some older boys, had beaten me up, and treatenthed more violence, if i did not suck the cock, of a an arab boy, of their own age, that they were abusing, and had tied up naked, in a sheed.
I complied, it was disgusting!
Posted by MyDinosaurHands 2 years ago
MyDinosaurHands
Good old Heritage Foundation. Providing an objective dissemination of information since 1973.
Posted by 16kadams 2 years ago
16kadams
lolol
Posted by Envisage 2 years ago
Envisage
They should be taught in practical sessions, yes.
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