Stemming from being an inherently taboo subject, the topic of sexual-education has been debated for a large portion of American History. While the debate has existed for decades upon end, the debate garnered major traction in the tail end of the 20th century (Howell, 2007). This is because sexual activity during this timeframe dramatically increased, consequently resulting in a tremendous spike in teen pregnancies and STI transmissions, most notably HIV/AIDS. Knowing that this epidemic of sexual activity was occurring, and knowing how catastrophic the effects were, the American Public demanded action to neutralize the rampant outbreak of teens “doing it.” The solution to this issue was to implant more extensive sex-education in the school systems.
Holding an abstinence only class in middle school prevents the knowledge of safe sex to our youth. The curriculum in these classes teach abstinence as the only morally correct option of sexual emotion. They shy away from teaching about contraception for the prevention of sexually transmitted disease and unintended pregnancies. “Abstinence messages are very important, but clearly the coverage of contraceptive topics is also crucial in helping our youth prevent unplanned pregnancy and STD’s,” says Sara Seims, President of Alan Guttmacher Institute (Livni). A report by Government Reform Committee staff in 2004 examined 13 most common teachings and finalized that only 2 out of the 13 were accurate, but that the other 11 held subjective negotiation and unproved proclamations regarding reproductive health, gender characteristics, and life’s timeline.
“Have sense or face the consequences.” This is the slogan that many Abstinence-only sexual education programs in the United States use to encourage teens to wait until marriage. Abstinence-only programs primarily discuss the positives of waiting while tending to leave out imperative information such as contraception use and what to do when people may have an STD. A research study performed in 2009 found that 46% of all high-school-aged students in the United States have already had sex. With the average high schooler losing their virginity at age 17 and the average marriage age of 27, teens and young adults are at risk for not only contracting STD’s but also unwanted pregnancy for 10 years.
they eventually do become sexually active they will not know how to use them, which would decrease their chances of actually using them. It is important for teens to understand that waiting until marriage to have sex is important; however, it is also important for us to realize that may not always happen. “Virtually all Americans have sex before marrying – a fact that has been true since the 1950s” (Keefe 5). In today’s society it is very important to provide information and stress the fact that abstinence is the most effective way to stop unwanted pregnancies and STD’s.
According to the Maasai, circumcision is part of Tepilit’s transition from a boy into a man. It is a privilege and honor to be circumcised as a Maasai male. Circumcision plays a large role in Tepilit’s rite of passage because the Maasai believe it also comes with a lot of responsibilities that he must now carry on his shoulders. Tepilit’s circumcision will give him a chance to start over as a new and better person, not just for himself but also for his family. The Maasai also believe that without a circumcision, one must not engage in sexual activities without bringing great dishonor onto one’s family.
This high usage of social media, as stated before, helps the spread of sexting in teens and pre-teens. Students who practice sexting are more willing to get involved in sexual activities, and their sexual behavior increases. For example, “… a 16-year-old high school student in New York, says sexting is popular in his high school and generally viewed as not a big deal. "People post pictures of themselves on their Facebook pages," he says… he says sexting has never been discussed or punished” (“Sexting in Middle School Means More Sex for Preteens and Teens” Sifferlin).
Morality is the distinction as either proper or improper, of a person's decisions, intentions, and actions. It is the code of conduct that governs the people's behavior of a particular culture, state or even country. Moral development is the ultimate focus on the emergence, transition, and perception of these codes of conduct from infancy through adulthood. Lawrence Kohlberg's theory of development assumes that an individual's moral evolution is a sequential process that occurs in six stages.
Teenage sexting has recently managed to spark a moral panic. Susie O 'Brien and Imre Szeman have this to say about moral panic: At its height, moral panic spreads a wide blanket over social experience, interpreting diverse and random behaviors or practices as signs of a danger. Regardless of its general mythological origins, moral panic has real, measurable effects in the form of individual behavior, social behavior, in governmental policy. Sexting stands as a strange new practice that many are perceiving as dangerous.
Sex education programs are one of the most important classes high schoolers receive. Many organizations push the idea of only teaching teenagers to abstain from sex until marriage instead of teaching them the essential information they need to stay safe. By giving high schoolers a full education they know how to have safe, protected sex when the time comes. The argument ‘Abstinence Education Programs Are Not Effective’ by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. SIECUS, argues that abstinence programs are ineffective and put young people at risk.
Sex Education in Schools Comprehensive sex education courses are a controversial topic facing the educational system all around the world. Typically this course is taught in public schools starting as early as upper elementary to begin addressing sexually related topics such as puberty in both male and females, sexual health as well as sexuality. However, some educators, parents, and students argue this course should not be taught in schools at all! Which in result, is why sex education has ultimately gone nowhere as education has advanced. Factors such as religious principles, sex being viewed as an inappropriate topic as well as taboo, and sex being a topic that cannot be escaped hold the course back from becoming more, and fully providing the necessary information to understand this natural process.
Parents are over protective for their children these days. They want them to stay in the boundary, they have made. Most of the parents are blocking their son or daughter's way to the success by limiting their imaginations and creativity. They enthrall their children to be their puppet and do whatever they want, but they don't understand the fact that their children need to be gregarious to recognize this world. The novel “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger drew a lot of attention in these past years.