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January 24th, 2008 (12:30 am)
thoughtful

current mood: thoughtful

"In a perfect world, no teenager would be having sex. We all know there isn't a 15-year-old alive who is ready emotionally, physically, spiritually, or financially to live with the consequences." -Nancy Keenan, NARAL president*

I find it very hard to decide whether I agree with that or not. I mean, okay, so I know that the statement as it reads is dumb - the statement that there "isn't a 15-year-old alive" who's ready for sex is ridiculous - but I'm thinking of it less on a literal level, and wondering more about generalities. Is it true that there is only a statistically negligible percentage of fifteen-year-olds who are ready for sex at fifteen? Can we make the blanket statement that teenagers should not have sex? Even if I concede the issue on ideological grounds, I'm not sure it has any contact with a reality in which teenagers' sex drives start to run amok when they hit fourteen or fifteen. But my question goes beyond that; I'm honestly not sure that I agree that teenagers are almost inevitably too immature for sex. I should figure out whether I do agree. It would be helpful knowledge in writing the Beth book.

Anyway, I posted it because if y'all want to discuss, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Comment away.

*Quote is a passing remark in this link, leading to a Slate article that I find interesting, thought-provoking, and somewhat shallow and poorly considered in its own approach to the subject. I feel that way about a whole lot of Slate articles.

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Posted by: Andrew Ducker (andrewducker)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 09:04 am (UTC)

I agree that the average 15-year-old isn't ready to deal with pregnancy. But they don't get any readier to deal with relationships without having one.

I started late, and the intervening time didn't make me any better at relationships, it just meant I was crap for longer.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)

I agree that the average 15-year-old isn't ready to deal with pregnancy. But they don't get any readier to deal with relationships without having one.

That's a really good call.

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