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MissUSA718
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I am writing an article for my Journalism class - regarding - whether the pressures to learn about birth control (in school, by parents, dr's etc.) during your teenage years in High School (14-18) puts more pressure on young women to have sex. If you are a 14-18 yr old young woman... please give me some insight on the topic, do you feel more pressure to have sex because you are constantly told about birth control from schools, parents, media etc? If you have experienced this pressure.. and as a result had sex because of it, please let me know. Thanks guys ahead of time for your help!!!!
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Heather
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MissUSA, this area of the boards is for staff and volunteer replies only, so users won't be able to reply to you here.

If you just read the boards, you'll actually find a lot of threads relating to this topic, but I'll go ahead and move it for you anyway to the sex ethics and politics area where you can get replies.

(Though it's a bit of an odd question, especially for kids from the states, when in the past ten years, NO federal funds have been given for public school sex ed programs which DO discuss birth control. So, the idea that teens are inundated with birth control information at schools alone is pretty misinformed.)

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Blink
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Miz Scarlet is right--this question seems based on a false premise. It is a big, and, in my experience, untrue, assumption that young women are constantly being told about birth control and safer sex. Most school health curricula teaches abstinence only, and I haven't seen more than the occasional exhortation to wear a condom in the media. As far as one's doctor, it really depends on the doctor, certainly not all doctors push birth control on their teenage patients. In fact, none of the girls in a sex education class for high school students had heard the word "contraception," even though a few of them were sexually active and using condoms.

So the only thing I'll say as far as your question is that I think that sometimes safer sex curricula don't spend (enough) time addressing the fact that not all teens want to be sexually active and teaching them ways to discuss that decision with their partner and stuff. But then again, abstinence curricula don't seem to do that very well either, and I think that, while including that kind of information in safer sex curricula could make it easier for teens to say no to or delay sexual activity, I don't think that it is a large enough factor to influence their decision.

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nali
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Neither myself nor anyone I know has been felt "pressured" to have sex due to being taught about birth control. In fact, most schools I know of don't teach about birth control! I don't see any reason why learning about birth control would pressure people to have sex. The media certainly inundates young folks with images of sex, but never have I seen birth control information that made me feel like I should have sex.
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Heather
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In case it's worthwhile...

...I came of age at a time and in an area where there WAS plenty of comprehensive sex ed, including information en masse on birth control.

And I gotta say, nothing about it was remotely sexy to me. I did not want to race out to go use all of these methods, just to see if a condom or pill worked. I did become sexually active in my teens, but the desire to do so was by no means based in getting birth control information. Heck, it's amazing that I even wanted to have sex given how tricky most methods looked: I can't imagine what mental process would occur to lead someone to want to have sex, or feel they should more so, because of looking at a diaphragm. Even being on the pill for cramps, the fact that I was protected against pregnancy didn't increase my desire to have sex.

Of course, you also have to bear in mind that for those of us who grew up/are groing up anything but hereosexual, the idea that sex = birth control is fallacious to begin with.

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Irm
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The idea that birth control awareness would lead to sexual activity falls in with the big, hooping, nasty lie that sexual KNOWLEDGE always leads to sexual promiscuity. That whole assumption acts as though all teenagers are just teetering on the brink of sexual desire, waiting for some small sign that it's OK before jumping into the waters. It's simply not true.

Not only is sex something that a lot of teenagers don't feel ready for, aren't interested in, don't want, etc., but sexual education has actually been proven by trial to have ZERO influence on when teenagers choose to have sex. After observing statistics during a time when sex ed was prelevant, as compared to now when they DON'T include comprehensive sex ed (including birth control) in schools, the only difference is that back WHEN birth control WAS being discussed, teenagers were more likely to make use of it when becoming sexually active. Other than that, statistically speaking, teenagers are still hopping into the sack at pretty much the same rate, even though knowledge of birth control is now actually VERY DIFFICULT TO COME BY, contrary to what you seem to be basing your research off of.

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