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January 24th, 2008 (12:30 am)

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: Spencer Irving (archaica)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)

Right - "They're not ready, so we won't talk about it, and we don't talk about it, so they're not ready!" It's a neat little Moebius.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)

it's what your body is telling you to do.

Yeah, this is a big thing for me too. I just think that a zero percentage of teenagers having sex is never, repeat never, going to happen, and for this precise reason. So I think that people who talk about it like that zero percentage will happen are as out of touch with reality as the people who think that if you make abortions illegal, abortions will never happen. We've got to live in the real world, damn it.

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