Sex Education: a Necessity

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Cori Martin
Professor Butts
ENGL 1101
24 November 2012
Sex Education: A Necessity
Sexual risk taking among young adults exemplifies a significant public health problem in our society. Without being educated properly about their natural desires, juveniles are unable to make mature decisions about their sexual activity. Comprehensive sex education in school systems would greatly help to prevent the spreading of diseases and pregnancies by informing students about the possible risks of having sex and ways to keep themselves and their partner safe. A curriculum involving sex education would help by promoting knowledge about normal human development and reproduction, as well as making students aware of the possible consequences of sexual activity and how to avoid these risks so that they can make more informed decisions about activities that can affect the rest of their lives. Sex is a sensitive topic that often causes embarrassment and discomfort when discussed, especially to minors. While some parents are in denial about their children learning about sex at an early age, it is practically inevitable. Some people argue that introducing children to sex at an early age encourages them to partake in the activity. However, sex is not a recent idea to adolescences due to frequent exposure of glorified sexual imagery on a regular basis. Young children these days are being exposed to mixed and unrealistic messages everywhere they look. This carefree exposure can greatly distort perceptions of the reality of sex and the risk behavior behind it. From video games to movies to music, children are bombarded with promiscuous attitudes and crude imagery everywhere they look. By offering a sex education class, our youth would have the opportunity to receive knowledge and to openly communicate their concerns to receive accurate, realistic answers from someone who is trained. Based on the soaring number of teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, there is an obvious need for sex education. Young mothers have become commonplace in our society. My mother gave birth to me when she was only seventeen years old, and she too experienced the difficulty of teenage pregnancy. In my school system, we did not receive any type of sexual education, which is quite obvious based on our teenage pregnancy rate. When I was in seventh grade, I knew of several girls who bragged about having sex; most of those girls now have a child. In my class alone, there were at least fifteen girls that got pregnant before graduation and I lived in a very small town. This alone demonstrates an immense urgency for a sex education program. Many teens end up getting pregnant due to misconception about sexual intercourse. For example, take a girl I know who is now fifteen years old. She gave birth at the age of fourteen, not long after she began puberty. Her mother did not discuss sex with her because she feared that it would be uncomfortable and that she would learn the essentials from other sources. She also did not receive any sort of proper sexual education at her school. After having a boyfriend for a couple months, they decided to have sex and she got pregnant. They thought that you could not get pregnant the first time and neither of them knew how to properly use a condom. When she told him she was pregnant, he no longer wanted anything to do with her or the life that he had helped to create. Her life was over at fourteen years. She had the baby, dropped out of school, and became a single mother who is dependent on welfare checks and food stamps from the government. Now, she is just another statistic that people shake their heads in disapproval of. There are many cases of girls all over the United States such as the one I just described. They have so much potential for the future, but their chances are ruined, or lessened, at least, simply by a lack of basic knowledge about their body. Myths and rumors about sex are widespread and commonly accepted as fact...
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