Safe sex or advertised sex?
In the United States, nearly 75 percent of teenagers have had intercourse by the time they turn 20; only 15 percent report remaining virgins until the age of 21. Additionally, there are reports by The Guttmacher Institute that indicate that the teens in the US are more likely to have sex before the age of 15, and to have more than one partner in a year, than teenagers in Sweden, France, Canada, and the United Kingdom (teenage). One may ask why these numbers are so high in the US compared to other countries. The reason is that in today's society the advertisement industry has increased the number of ads that relate to sex. These advertisements are seen everywhere, in high schools, television commercials, and in the lyrics of songs. However, according to the advertisement industry, the purposes behind these ads are to promote "safe sex". They do so, by encouraging the use of condoms, birth control, and other contraceptives. Nevertheless, we question whether or not these ads are promoting "safe sex" or encouraging underage sex. In order for an individual to reach a conclusion, we must analyze both parts, the ads itself and the messages behind them.
We can begin with taking a closer look into our educational system. In many institutions, sex education is required. It starts at an early age, in 5th and 6th grade with the basics and it continues in high school where sex awareness and self-control is key. In health/ parenting classes, teachers hand out condoms to students as they explain and inform the variety of ways one can have protected sex. However, by doing this, they are also delivering the message that sexual intercourse is fine as long as it is in protected matter. In my opinion, the handing out of condoms in high school promotes sex but in a safe way and with an informative set of mind. By rising awareness, students gain knowledge that help prevents all kinds of diseases as well as teenage pregnancies.
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