Teenage Sex

Americans Get Heated about Teenage Sex

The desire to have sex is as natural as the desire to eat. It may not express itself so early as the latter, but it expresses itself much earlier than most Americans appear to be comfortable admitting.

Teen sex has been in the news lately. God knows why. Teenagers have been having sex from time immemorial. I think it’s the sexting thing that has people so freaked out.

Americans really need to lighten up about teenage sex. Religious group claim that well-informed teens don’t see a problem with abstinence.

Yeah, right. So all the teens out there having sex are ignorant and suffering from crises of confidence? I suppose that’s possible, but apart from being question begging, it hardly seems plausible.

The desire to have sex is as natural as the desire to eat. It may not express itself so early as the latter, but it expresses itself much earlier than most Americans appear to be comfortable admitting.

The desire to have sex is as natural to human beings as it is to other animals. The claim that “self-confident, well-informed teens don’t see a problem with abstinence” is analogous to the claim that “self-confident, well-informed teens don’t see a problem with fasting.”

Yeah, right? The only teens I’ve ever heard of who are into fasting are anything but self-confident and the ones who think it is actually good for you are pretty ill-informed.

“It is incumbent,” continues the no-sex brigade, “upon parents to talk frankly with their adolescents about all the ramifications of having casual sex.”

But why suppose that teen sex is necessarily casual? Teenagers fall in love, just like adults do. In fact, they’re probably better at it because they tend to be less suspicious and cynical than adults.

And what’s wrong with casual sex anyway? We’ve got to have the most prudish culture on the face of the earth. One that believes sex before marriage is a sin. As for teens sleeping around. It’s enough to induce cardiac arrest in Puritans across America

What, for example, is wrong with teen sexting? People have been presenting one another with nude pictures of themselves ever since they figured out how to draw on cave walls.

You think all those prehistoric people actually went around naked? They had clothes, they just didn’t draw them, and it wasn’t because they were ashamed of the primitive state of their couture. Who wants to draw a figure with clothes on–boring!

Our views about sex are dangerously unhealthy. Trying to teach young people that sending sexually suggestive messages or photos of yourself to someone with whom you have an intimate relationship is warped and disturbed.

We’re creating all kinds of neuroses and complexes in those few who are not sufficiently self-possessed to see that we’re full of shit and we will lose the respect of the rest.

America’s cultural ideas about sex and what parents ought to do about it remain in the dark ages. We see teenagers as helpless victims beset by raging hormones and believe we should protect them from urges they can’t control.

Matters aren’t helped by the stereotype that all boys want the same thing, and all girls want love and cuddling.

What nonsense. All teens want to experiment with sex. How else do they learn? By listening to parental advice?

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