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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.


Posted by: Underwear Ninja (chavvah)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)

having read the Saletan article (isn't this the guy who was going on about how blacks may just be intellectually inferior to whites, maybe, possibly?)

I seem to recall that he was the one telling people to dump their fat friends because fat friends make you fat. BECAUSE FAT IS CONTAGIOUS.

Clearly one of the world's great masters of logical reasoning.

Posted by: Spencer Irving (archaica)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)

Well, because The Fat is like The Gay. If we tolerate it, we allow it to flourish!

Come to think of it, that's kinda like the attitude on display about teen sex, too.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: January 24th, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)

Oh, THAT asshole. I never liked the article, but now I just want to throw him off a cliff. Again.

Hopefully he has enough fat to pad his landing.

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