I’m not necessarily a prude, and I’m definitely not naïve, but that doesn’t mean I’m not shocked — shocked — when I hear stories about what goes on in some schools these days. Oral sex among middle schoolers, elementary school-aged kids engaging in anything beyond hand holding or pecks on the cheek, and high schoolers doing things that would make Hugh Hefner blush.
But for not necessarily prudes like me, it’s not all bad news, especially when word comes of a new report that says virginity is making a comeback.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics released the findings of a study in which 13,500 men and women between the ages of 15-44 were interviewed in person about their sex lives (or lack thereof, as the case was in so many cases).
According to msnbc.com, the percentage of 15 to 24 year old men who never had any form of sexual contact with another person rose 5 percent in a 4-6 year period, and the percentage rose 7 points in the same age category for women. That doesn’t mean the people interviewed had other kinds of sex besides vaginal (i.e. oral or anal); there was zero contact. A further breakdown of the study shows that it was 15 to 19 year olds who showed the biggest increase in abstinence.
The data from the study will be used to provide “better education and STD prevention efforts.” While it’s not known why virginity is on the rise, one theory is that it could be due to more vigorous sex education.
Whatever the reason, I say keep on keeping on.
Why do you think virginity is making a comeback among teens?
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