ABSTINENCE FROM TEEN SEX
In a time when the world is being threatened by burning issues like global warming, environmental degradation, wars, communal tensions, terrorism and utter mayhem in general it may surprise one to know that the most pertinent issue of them all that is threatening to rent our society apart is teenage sex. The youth, which is called the future of the nation, is in the clutches of a plague that has the power to destroy them physically, mentally and spiritually. It not only robs them of their health but also their emotional stability and innocence. In such a grim scenario, the only solution seems to emerge in the form of complete abstinence from teenage sex. But before actually putting anything into practice we need to understand the reasons behind the pressing need for abstinence, the terrible ways in which teen sex can harm an individual and the causes behind this rapidly growing phenomenon. The transition from a child to an adult is indeed a challenging time for any kid. The changes sprouting in his body, the surge of hormones, the growing awareness of the opposite sex and the urge to feel grown-up and independent- all this is enough to confuse a child and befuddle his thoughts. This is the time when kids start becoming aware of their own sexuality and carnal desires start springing up. This provokes an urge to experiment and sate such desires. Till the sixties this ticking of the biological clock did not cause any adverse effects. This was largely due to the fact that sex before marriage was a complete taboo at that time. Religion strictly forbade any sexual activity for pleasure and promiscuity was frowned down upon. Sex was an aid for biological reproduction only and indulgence in any sexual activity for any object other than producing progeny was considered blasphemy. But the advent of the sixties witnessed a revolution of sorts. Sex came out of the closet and was discussed openly. Sex was no longer considered impure and unholy and was acknowledged as one of the basic physiological needs of mankind. The media and Hollywood had a huge role to play in this paradigm shift of perception. This change which was supposed to be a change for the good turned out to be the bane of modern living. The media milked this opportunity in pursuit of more money. Sex became an object to be sold and marketed. Today children are bombarded with sexual content, sleazy photos and videos, pornography and what not. According to the fact sheet, Marketing Sex To Children, from the Campaign For A Commercial-Free Childhood , an overwhelming 82% of the most popular T.V. shows catering to teen audiences had sexual content, including 20% with sexual intercourse in 2003. In 1999, 42% of the songs on the top CDs contained sexual content -- 19% included direct descriptions of sexual intercourse. On an average, music videos contain 93 sexual situations per hour, including eleven "hard core" scenes depicting behaviors such as intercourse and oral sex. Before parents raised an outcry, Abercrombie and Fitch marketed a line of thong underpants decorated with sexually provocative phrases such as "Wink Wink" and "Eye Candy" to 10-year-olds. TV, movies, and music are not the only influences -- the Internet provides teens with seemingly unlimited access to information on sex as well as a steady supply of people willing to talk about sex with them all at the click of a button. ...
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