Skepticism

Sex Talk Part 3: Getting Solid Sex Information!

It has been brought to my attention (by observation, since I’m perfect and it has never happened to me…) that teenagers tend to take their first relationships far too seriously. This is probably due to a mixture of hormones and the absence of a fully developed brain. Today I thought I would discuss how this situation turns us into total idiots whenever we are around “hot” members of the opposite sex (or the same sex as the case may be).

Everything revolves around sex. Our biological meaning in life is to pass on our genes. So it makes perfect sense that our hormones would drive us to complete this objective.

So if it’s only natural, why have people, throughout human history, opposed premarital sex and sometimes sex entirely? What reasons would they have to take this stand?

Well I don’t know if any of you have noticed, but sex can have consequences and sometimes these consequences can be bad.  For example:

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Unwanted Pregnancies
  • Emotional Problems
  • Social Problems

So it’s understandable why there are and have been so many taboos that surround sex.  However, ignorance is not the answer to these potential problems.  The best protection against an unwanted end result is KNOWLEDGE!

I thought about what resources teens might use if their parents or schools fail to appropriately inform them about sex. While searching, I found some interesting sites. The first place I’d like to share is a video podcast called “The Midwest Teen Sex Show.”

Before you click on this link

I would like to add a disclaimer:  This site recognizes the existence of sex, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.  I like what the site’s disclaimer says:

“Teens and sex. It happens. Not every teen is having sex and not every teen is abstaining. We hope the Midwest Teen Sex Show will create a space for frank discussion of all things related to teen sexuality.” I hope so too!

Enjoy!

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6 Comments

  1. February 3, 2009 at 3:11 pm —

    I’m also a big fan of scarleteen.com for some really great information. While the MTSS is really fun, it’s not nearly as comprehensive and is a bit less informative. They’re both great, and certainly better than the crap most kids get at school.

  2. February 3, 2009 at 4:51 pm —

    Yeah, some teens do take it too seriously. I hear these kind of stories sometimes. All I can think of afterwards is “oh boy” and shake my head, while at the same time making fun at them in my head.
    Also, one of many reasons for the taboo may be control.

  3. vreify
    February 3, 2009 at 9:40 pm —

    I love MTSS. And Scarleteen.
    Anyway, I think Romeo & Juliet are one of the best examples of young lovers taking things too seriously.

  4. SteveT
    February 4, 2009 at 9:55 am —

    What do y’all think is the minimum reasonable age for these podcasts? My daughter is turning 12 in July and I am trying to be proactive in finding good sex-related information for her, in addition to what she has read. She is not at all interested in guys at this point (can’t say I blame her given her prospective pool of applicants) and is totally disconnected from popular culture. She is mystified at the “Twilight” craze and has no desire to read the books, for example.

  5. Cassie
    February 4, 2009 at 8:20 pm —

    Steve- I think she is too young for these podcasts. They are more for high school kids.

  6. SteveT
    February 4, 2009 at 11:08 pm —

    Thanks. That’s what I figured. I hope those podcasts are still active when she gets to that age.

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