Thursday, July 26, 2007

To Have Sex or Not to Have Sex....

Two interesting reads in the G&M today.

An article about young girls and being virgins by choice

and on the other side of the spectrum

An article about a film about young people having sex (although they use different language)

2 Comments:

Blogger Nicol DuMoulin said...

Both are intersting articles about the state of where our culture is. Ironically enough, I vaguely know some of the people involved with the production of YPF and the fact that it was chosen as one of the top films to be at this years TIFF does not surprise me. I do not mean that as a comment on the films quality. Just that the title and subject matter alone guarantees festival status.

When I heard some industry latte types recently talking about the production it was amazing how glib they were.

"Young People F-----g, of course young people and teens will see it. It's a great hook."

That was the overall cynical expression of the people in the conversation I was privy to.

There was no talk of it being a film with any depth or emotion, just another fad 'art' film with a hook that is becoming all to common.

I guess at least the kids in the first article won't be attending. Good for them.

Thanks for the articles.

Thu Jul 26, 04:24:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous 'been around the block said...

In the Globe and Mail article, Ms. Burton says, "I've heard so many good reasons why you should stay abstinent and none against it."

FINALLY.

This is good news! I have fought the sex ed wars, in the '90s when my kids were in school, and the attitude was far from this. It was, rather, kids are probably going to "do it," so let's hand out grab bags of contraceptives and have the students "play" with them and get comfortable with them" IUDs, coloured and flavoured condoms (the public health nurse had run out of ordinary ones), the Pill, diaghrams, and spermicidal foam.

I'm not kidding. This is what happened in the grade-seven class in my kids' school.

I, and a group of other concerned parents, asked if we could get a Postponing Sexual Involvement curriculum introduced in the school, and we were considered "fools" and "prudes" for suggesting this program.

I was darned if anyone--public health nurse or teacher--was going to tell my daughters, "Just use a condom," which was a popular slogan back then. Then, as now, there are over 50 STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases), which are mutating all the time and are very damaging to the physical and emotional health of any young person who contracts one. Most of them are viral, so there is no cure, which means that the person who contracts one has it for life. Genital herpes is a good example.

I'm very happy to know that young women are making choices to be abstinent, not because I'm a prude but because I know the risks of being sexually active at an early age, especially as teens don't tend to use the contraceptives they've been carefully trained to use--and, even if they do, there are many negative side effects.

I could go on. I won't. I am just very encouraged to see young people having more common sense about being sexually active than many in my generation.

Fri Jul 27, 09:13:00 PM EDT  

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