Abstinence-Only Sex Education STILL Works As Well As Absinthe-Only Sex Education1 September, 2008
Back in March, I wrote a little piece about the continued ineffectiveness of abstinence-only sex education. It has proved to be (much to my surprise) my most visited post. Not because of my brilliant critique (actually, just pointing out the obvious), but because an average of ten people a day arrive at my site by Googling “Absinthe.” All I was trying to do was point out that telling kids not to have sex works about as well as getting them drunk and telling them not to have sex. That is to say, none at all.
Anyway, I realized the continued relevance of this post in relation to McAin’t’s ap-Palin pick of Palin to be his Vice President. Palin is anti-civil rights (no gay marriage, or even domestic partnership), pro-ignorance (allowing opt-outs for parents so their children won’t actually, you know, learn something), anti-choice (all babies must be born, regardless), and heavily favours (to the point of exclusion) abstinence-only sex education.
As has been pointed out again and again, through government studies and academic studies, abstinence-only or abstinence-until-marriage sex education does not work. The kids still have sex, but are much more likely to be infected with a sexually-transmitted-disease or get pregnant. Case in point (via Pharyngula):
During her run for the Governorship of Alaska, Sarah Palin was asked:
Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?
SP: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.
Now (via (gag) Faux News) we find out that:
The 17-year-old unwed daughter of John McCain’s new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is five-months pregnant, Palin and her husband, Todd Palin, said Monday in a written statement.
The announcement was aimed at killing rumors that Palin’s youngest son, born in April, was actually her daughter’s.
Maybe they told her to use the aspirin method. Good old Republican values. Where was McAin’t five months ago?
This is one of those very annoying political/personal stories. Part of me says, “Her family has nothing to do with the campaign.” Another part of me says, “Her support of ignorance has come home to roost and it shows that Palin makes mistakes (big deal, we all do) but is unwilling to learn from her mistakes.” In other words, she is just like McAin’t. Palin refuses to face reality, instead using faith to foster her own ignorance (along with her children’s ignorance).
We already had eight years of faith based government. Running a country with wishful thinking does not work. It didn’t work for Reagan. It doesn’t work for W. And it won’t work if McAin’t and ApPalin are elected.
The absinthe is starting to sound better and better
Two Hour Later Thought: What if it had been the 17-year-old daughter of a pro-choice, pro-education, pro-reality Democratic candidate? Do you suppose that Faux News would have treated the story as delicately?
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