I think this is the 3rd time I emphasized this in my posts, but I'll do it again anyway: I love this site and it's an amazing resource!
I've been perusing around the website and the majority of the scare in teens is, of course, the pregnancy risk, specifically the MIA period. (That happened to me as well and that's how I found scarleteen) While browsing though the forums, I can't help but discern that after volunteers post and reassure that there is no risk, teens repost saying 'thanks...plus I got my period yesterday!!'
Because of the astounding number of posts that seem to end in such a happy note - have you guys observed this trend also? Is there a scientific study as to how these two factors are correlated, and that this is not entirely by chance? I mean (duh) it sounds kind of obvious and a silly question, but if there is a significant relationship, it just shows how helpful sex-ed can be, eradicating the barrier between apprehension and physical response to that type of stress. Would it be a stretch to say that reassurance from peers - even through online based posting - could make such a huge difference.
And maybe, this has been asked before, but do you guys get a lot of response from abstinence only education sites? Just another random question...
You know, calico, I've never really thought about that.
My guess, honestly, would be that we have little or nothing to do with that outcome, but rather, that a lot of the time when people are worrying about late periods, they're right on their way. Too, the heightened worry could very easily be made worse by unnoticed PMS.
But I'd not toss your theory out either: relaxing certainly is a help, so who knows!
Per the ab-only sites and groups: you know, we used to get a lot more hate mail and such years back than we do now. Over the last few years, things have really chilled out a lot in terms of that, and I'm not sure why, though I can say that overall, on the web, there has been a trend away from people emailing site heads and such, period. My feeling on that (and talking to other prominent webmasters about it and hearing what they have to say) is just that the web tends to feel a lot less personal to people than it did years ago.
Or, perhaps, they just want to harass someone less cantankerous than me.
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I don't see a lot of ab-only sites out there (or maybe I just haven't been looking for them, hehe) but I recently stumbled upon a website called sexrespect.com or something like that and it just had a lot of statistical figures that hinges on...well, very subjective interpretation of data almost blaming pro-choice websites for the proliferation of the "wrong-message" to teens. I guess it's not the same as e-mailing you/other webmasters directly but nonetheless, negative message is still being passed around. From what you've posted, I'll assume that scareteen does not meddle with these affairs either - no matter how different this site's cause is to theirs. Good job Scarleteen!
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