Does it matter one way or the other? Teens are going to have sex whether they are propelled by society, school, peers, or just their own chemical ambitions to procreate. It is a natural thing for us all to have sex, considering we were designed to do just that. Looking back in the distant history, humans didn’t live long past 30, so in order for us to survive, we had to start much earlier than we consider acceptable by today’s standards.
Women today start menstruating as early as age 8, and the average is around 12 or so. If our bodies tell us we are ready to start having sex, then it’s natural, right? It’s not a socially acceptable thing for 8 year olds to jump right in the sack once they’ve started the female cycle, and it may not even be morally right, but the point is: the chemicals have already started pumping through their brains. It’s mostly the lack of sexual information that causes children to have sex at a young age.
Our schools are a safer place to educate our children than the places they are obtaining most of their information already. Movies, shows, even some video games depict women as being sex figures. Even commercials appeal to the sexual side of mankind. So, with all this sexual stimuli entering the minds of young adults, how can we realistically expect them to wait?
If schools encouraged sex in a more clinical way, it might take away that rebellious desire to get on with it. In the early 1900’s, a lot of schools actually taught young women how to play their role as the housewife, including making and raising babies. Back then, promiscuity and un-wed mothers were a lot less common than they are today. The knowledge is what held a lot of women back.
If they know what sex is, how to have safe sex, and the purpose of sex, they might not be as willing to jump into it right away. In home economics, if they had to take care of a REAL baby instead of a doll, it might give them second thoughts. Or, if we educated them about the pains associated with sex, especially for women, it may not sound like a fun thing to do anymore. But, even for those that would still be interested, at least they would know how to get tested every time they changed partners, where to get condoms just in case, how to say ‘no’ when you don’t really want to, and maybe even some knowledge about how people are going to view them once they’ve hit double digits in partners before they’re 16. A lot of young women don’t understand the consequences because everyone wants to keep sex this holy secret among adults, but here’s a secret: they’re going to find out one way or another anyway.
For boys and young men, it is important that they view sex in association to love instead of degradation of women and fame. It seems that a lot of young men like to pressure these uneducated young women to give up their virginity so they are have a higher number. If they had the respect for women that all women long for, they wouldn’t be so willing to persuade our young women to have sex at a young age, or before they are ready. Some men still look at women with respect, but most are paying more attention to the trashy women role models in the papers, movies and shows to be able to respect the girl next door.
Schools should encourage teens to have sex, but not irresponsibly. The more educated our young adults are, the more likely it is they will wait until they are ready to tackle that stage of development.