Posted By Jeff on May 3, 2009
What better day to do it?
The Birds and Bees Text Line started in North Carolina on Feb. 1, offering sex ed via cell phone; The New York Times covers that development and other similar programs:
You’d think everyone would be more OK with that than they are with “sexting,” but they are not. The North Carolina Family Policy Council doesn’t like teen-agers getting advice on sex this way. The organization takes the relentless abstinence-until-marriage approach to sex education.
So they’d *really* hate what is going on in the United Kingdom, which is being copied from the Netherlands, which happens to have among the lowest rates of sexual disease, teen pregnancy AND abortion in the western world …
Sayeth The Times: “Sex is everywhere in the Netherlands, yet the country has the lowest teenage pregnancy rate in the West and the lowest rates of sexually transmitted diseases among young people. Now Britain, with almost the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Europe — five times higher than the Netherlands — wants to emulate its success.“
Yes, I think the United States would be better off to go the same route. But I think it may take us another half a generation or so to catch up.