Variable A= Teen sex.
Variable B= Social problems.
Variable C= “The problem”.
Therefore A=B, B=C, which would suggest A=C. But, this is confusing the association of teen sex and social problems as causations. The reality is that A+B=C. This is in part due to government mandates restricting birth control to low income families, which in part has led to higher teen pregnancies. Religious based sex education curriculum has only exacerbated “the problem” of teen pregnancy by not informing youth of their biological reproductive system. Abstinence education has no forum to suggest it as a exclusive tool for reducing the teen pregnancy epidemic. Therefore “Abstinence” should only be relegated to supplemental options for sex education with the main focus strictly being biological education. Without strict guidelines to relegate this thinking, similar behavior will continue to run relavent.
Judith Levine, Harmful to Minors, Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2002. [continues]
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