As the Oxford example illustrates, however, this doesn't mean schools are teaching comprehensive, medically accurate sex ed. And whichever version districts choose, teachers must teach that homosexual activity is technically illegal in Mississippi. Unfortunately, the Magnolia state isn't alone in its abstinence-preferred, sex-shaming "educational" approach. Oxford Superintendent Brian Harvey now protests that the dirty candy method mentioned in the Times is a few years old: However, even if this is true, Oxford is not the only region in America where women have been told that sex makes them dirty or disgusting. Considering that schools are among teens' most trusted source of information on contraception and sex, it's hugely detrimental to be likening premarital sex with dirty candy or gum and used toothbrushes.
More power to you. In the magazine's view, if teens are doing it, considering doing it, or being pressured by a partner to do it, then the responsible thing is to give them all the tools they need to do so as safely as possible. But this vision of young people ignores the majority who are not sexually active. It also ignores the overwhelming majority of teens who express support for postponing sex, along with a desire for more encouragement for that decision. Instead of giving them that support, content like this Teen Vogue article leaves teens with the mistaken impression that most of their peers are sexually active, which, as a recent Harvard study found, can put a lot of pressure on young people. Not surprisingly, the news that more sexually active teens today are using contraception generated a good bit of media attention.
I once accidentally stuffed on a first date. It was just a quick meet for coffee on a sunday afternoon, but I got called in to work that morning unexpectedly. As I was getting ready I threw some clothes for my date in the dryer and headed off to work.