States Reject Federal Abstinence Funds, Teens Rut Rampantly

In the Globe today Kevin Freking of the Associated Press writes that states are refusing Federal funds dedicated to sexual abstinence programs for teens.

Governor Chet Culver of Iowa, a Democrat, made his decision to leave the program based on the congressionally mandated curriculum, which teaches “the social, psychological, and health gains of abstaining from sexual activity.” Instructors must teach that sexual activity outside marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects.

Ideology under Republican rule once again trumps reality.

People of all ages have been having sex outside marriage, before marriage, after marriage, since marriage was invented. Today in the United States one-third of married women have sex with men not their husbands. In the so-called Bible Belt, the highest divorce rate in the nation suggests that belts get unbuckled at an even higher rate. The Lion once upon a time had a girlfriend who had been raised by incredibly strict parents, the kind who watched her like a hawk. She started having sex with her secret boyfriend when she was fourteen and never looked back. The eagle-eyed parents never knew. That’s not such an uncommon story. (She turned out pretty well, not suffering any psychological or physical difficulties.)

A federal tally shows that participation in the program is down 40 percent over two years, with 28 states still in. Arizona and Iowa have announced their intention to forgo their share of the federal grant at the start of the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

“The funding stream became inconsistent. We didn’t know from one quarter to the next whether we’d be getting the rest of the money,” said Elke Shaw-Tulloch of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. “We got to the point where we didn’t have any infrastructure to put the money to use. At the same time, there was mounting evidence the abstinence programs weren’t proving to be effective.”

Of course the Republicans want to have it both ways. “Tell your kids not to screw and we might or might not send you money to run anti-screwing programs.”

A 2004 Congressional report noted the following findings:

  • Abstinence-only curricula contain false information about the effectiveness of contraceptives. (They lie about them.)
  • Abstinence-only curricula contain false information about the risks of abortion. (They lie about it.)
  • Abstinence-only curricula blur religion and science. (They lie about it.)
  • Abstinence-only curricula treat stereotypes about girls and boys as scientific fact. (They lie about it.)
  • Abstinence-only curricula contain scientific errors. (They lie about it.)

And of course the Republicans and Conservatives and religious wingnuts would have us believe that teaching genuine and complete information about sexuality will lead to teens rutting rampantly in the street, while teaching lie-based abstinence will end the curse of sex completely.

Apparently one of the qualifications for being a Republican or Conservative or religious wingnut is to never have had a rush of sexual hormones in the back seat of a car during your teenage years. The other qualification requires a powerful ability to deny reality and the skills to drag other people into your denial.

The United States needs to get rid of these people so we can bring back good old-fashioned honest fucking.

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7 Responses

  1. I don’t think we should be afraid of promoting sexual abstience for teens under the age of consent, that’s a good idea, but we need to be realistic about it, we should also be promoting contraception and masturbation.

    Why is it legal for a 14 year old girl to buy condoms but illegal to buy a vibe? The Silver Ring Thing would be more successful if it was The Silver Multi-speed Vibe Thing. 🙂

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  2. Reality isn’t the Conservatives and Republicans’ strong suit. Apparently neither is contraception or masturbation. If accused of masturbation they are trained to deny it. If caught at it they are trained to blame the nearest liberal or Democrat. If they fail at it they beat up the nearest woman.

    Multi-speed, eh? Continuously variable or randomly variable? 🙂

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  3. It’s all or nothing in religion, er, in the Republican party. “You’re either with us or against us”. So it’s abstinence or else, not abstinence and contraceptives and sex education.

    I went to a cousin’s daughter’s graduation party Sunday. The lass has a boyfriend of almost 3 years. They’ll be going to college within blocks of each other. Her mom tells me she’s “pure” and that the lad is on board with that. There was a nervous quiet as some of us looked at each other trying not to laugh or say what’s on everyone’s mind – “either there’s been some cheatin’ or that boy’s gay” or “well that’ll soon be over this fall when they’re away from home”.

    And yes, my cousin is a Jesus freak.

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  4. Ric, randomly variable? That would just be annoying!

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  5. Steph –

    To each her own, as it were. To coin a phrase, variability is the spice… 🙂

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  6. philly –

    So I assume the boy is ‘pure’? Otherwise the ‘pure’ girl is going to get dirty when he does her (assuming he hasn’t already). But if they’re both ‘pure’ and they do it, don’t they both get dirty anyway? Two pures don’t make a purity? More likely they make a baby because they never learned how not to. And is it the penis that’s impure, or what’s in it? Or is it what it’s in that creates the impurity? Does impurity spread from the genitalia? If a couple masturbate themselves, not each other, in the back seat of a car, are they impure? Does the make of the car matter? Who cleans the seat?

    Please, gods, let us simply fuck, without the ideological overlay. (Who’s on top?)

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  7. What these Jesus freaks don’t get is that “pure” is in the mind of the…well, it’s just in the mind. Period.

    Those kids can have a nice long screw, and when they’re done, they’ll still be pure. As long as they think they are.

    Apparently one of the qualifications for being a Republican or Conservative or religious wingnut is to never have had a rush of sexual hormones in the back seat of a car during your teenage years.

    Actually, the qualification is having done it in the backseat with your girlfriend of 16, with her missing her period, and then…false alarm! That scare is enough to swear you off sex for at least a generation. Probably accounts for most of the wingnut refucklicans in the country.

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