Speaking of fail…



8 Responses to “Speaking of fail…”

  1. Sebatinsky Says:

    Broken link, I think.

  2. gryfft Says:

    Argh, they it set up to prevent hotlinking. I’ll see what I can do to fix it.

  3. Sebatinsky Says:

    That is pretty fail-a-riffic.

  4. deathbychiasmus Says:

    I found it ironic that the columnist did exactly the same thing as she accused Sarah Palin of doing: taking a teenager’s honest confession and employing it to make a statement that’s in line with her own political agenda. This confession thing is what teenagers do, you know? They spill their guts with awkward honesty. And I don’t care what party or platform you support, trying to pull some profound support for your political views from teenage confessions is like drilling for crude oil in an orange.

  5. Sebatinsky Says:

    I disagree.

    First, that is not what she accused Sarah Palin of doing.

    Second, teenagers’ honest perspectives on sex and pregnancy are hugely important when discussing sex-ed policy. If you want an effective policy on anything, you have to be certain that you are basing your decisions on reality – and the reality is that abstinence-only education does not work.

    In fact, something that is rarely mentioned – it /less/ than works. Students who have made chastity vows are just as likely to have sex as their peers who did not, but they are significantly /more/ likely to engage in unprotected oral or anal sex. More likely.

    So, understanding the realities of the situation, including the fact that actual, real-life families want to make a choice about the pregnancy together, we have to make policy that does not include abstinence-only education, and that does make room for private choices about pregnancy, not dictated by the government.

  6. deathbychiasmus Says:

    Well, my gut instinct was to disagree with you right back and contest a few points, but…well, I actually rather agree with some of your points. One thing that keeps running through my head is: abstinence-only education isn’t really education. It’s no surprise that I believe sex is better in all respects inside of marriage, but there are facts that teenagers need to know that health classes ought to provide. In my health classes, I learned about STDs, contraceptive methods, and how to use a condom, and this knowledge in no way impelled me to go out and try the things I’d learned. I’m digressing a bit, but yeah, kids need to make informed decisions about sex, and families need to be involved in some fashion with that decision. We have nothing to fear from knowing the facts–and that’s just as true of sex ed as it is elsewhere.

  7. gryfft Says:

    So say we all.

  8. Sebatinsky Says:

    That’s a good point about abstinence-only “education.” I’d never really thought about it that way.

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