I'm up late... and I find it worrisome that there are a fair amount of posts on these boards about pregnancy scares... it seems that some amount of people, for whatever reason, aren't as aware of reproduction processes, contraception, etc., as they should be.
Have there been more posts of that type since the current adminstration's stance on abstinence?
Miz Scarlet, I'm guessing you're working with the ACLU this week because of the decisions made in SD?
Either way, as one person to another, I appreciate what you do.
I was in NYC with the ACLU for the COPA (Child Online Protection Act) case, actually. That mandate would require that any website, which had sexually explicit content, text or visual, and based on "community standards," could not show it was of educational, scientific or artistic merit, have an age screening process via credit card for users to enter with only after proving they were over 18.
Obviously, that could have a HUGE impact per sex education, especially given our own government's standards -- which are supposed to represent the people IT represents -- are against comprehensive sex ed. COPA would keep out the age group who needs this information most.
Thanks for the thanks, it's appreciated.
The abstinence-only manadates have actually been in place since we started Scarleteen, it's one of the reasons I did start it. But I would say that over the years, things have clearly gotten worse with US teens per the amount of accurate information they're coming here with, per the risks they're taking unknowingly, and per the availibility of sexual resources available to them. Absolutely.
I was just saying to my partner the other night, when I got a nice laugh out of a post in Ask Scarleteen titled "yet another penis" (I think the male user was lightly acknowledging that a lot of the boys who post here post about their penises, and alas, he was one of them, too) that in the last year alone, there have been fewer lighter posts and far more heavy ones than there used to be. Once upon a time, the heavy stuff was a bit more balanced with the lighter fare, and that's certainly been changing.
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