14 Nov. 2012
Essay # 3
Teen Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infections
By examining the song “S.E.X” by a popular song artist named Lyfe Jennings I saw the topic of teenage sex discussed in popular culture’s music. The lyrics are expressing how sex can be lead and how most men take advantage of young women just to have sex. Lyfe Jennings song “S.E.X” sends a message to our young society that just because you think you’re in love doesn’t mean you have to give up your innocents by having sex. Lyfe Jennings song “S.E.X” also has a music video that shows you visually what he trying to express to our young community. In his video, Lyfe Jennings is standing on a street corner, leaning against his car, where drugs are sold at, watching a young girl about 17 walk down the street with a mini skirt on. The young girl just got out at school and went to a block party. Immediately as she walked into the house where the block party was taken place at a young boy took her inside the room and was trying to feed her sweet fairy tales just to have sex with her. While in the process of kissing, hugging, and trying to take their clothes off she remembered what her father told her. The video shows her shaking her head “No” and getting off the bed pulling her shirt down and immediately walking out the door. This video definitely gives the audience a motion picture of what Lyfe Jennings is trying to tell young girls about having sex at a young age. The best thing that parents can do is make sure that your child is getting taught sex education properly.
Sex education is not getting treated how it should be in the United States. The United States is more worried about shame then they are with our young society catching STD’s. In the article “Sexually Transmitted Disease” by Sarah Glazer, a professor of medicine at the University of Alabama, who served on the IOM committee named Edward Hook said, “There is this really curious American ambivalence about sex being everywhere — from the sidelines of the football game to merchandising — but we can't advertise doing it safely or the untoward consequences of doing it unsafely,” Hook says. “If I had one thing I could change it would be the stigma.” In other developed countries, people are more likely to tell their partners if they're infected and talk to their doctors about it, he maintains, because there is less shame”(Hook 1). It is not right that the young sexually active teens are hiding that they are having sex or have a sexually transmitted disease because they are afraid of what people may think. Many teens do not even go to the doctor like they should and if they do that is when they would find out if they had an STD or not because our young society would not even know the symptoms. “Most young girls won't even know they have Chlamydia, one of the most common and curable STDs, unless their doctor tests them for it. In approximately three-quarters of infected men and women, this bacterial infection has no early symptoms, but it can be easily cured with antibiotics if caught early. If not, in 10 percent of girls it can lead to serious consequences like infertility or a tubal pregnancy year later” (Hook). The young society today do not even understand the reason for sex, they just do it for the pleasure and satisfaction instead of love and compassion.
In the United States several young females are getting infected with STD’s daily and there is nothing being done about it. Evidence shows that “Nearly half the African-Americans in the study of teenagers ages 14 to 19 were infected with at least one of the diseases monitored in the study -- human papillomavirus (HPV), Chlamydia, genital herpes and trichomoniasis, a common parasite. The 50 percent figure compared with 20 percent of white teenagers, health officials and researchers said at a news conference at a scientific meeting in Chicago”(Altman). This shows that the infections are on the loose but people aren’t being...