Times are Changing
Sexual activity of young and middle age teenagers is continually increasing throughout the state. Adolescents face things such as media that give them the wrong ideas about sex and pregnancy, and are not given the appropriate education to understand the realities and consequences. As teen pregnancy becomes more prevalent in today’s society, there is a direct correlation between the increase in teen pregnancy, and the lack of proper sexual education. In the 1970 to 1990 era sexual activity rapidly spiked, however until 2005 the teenage pregnancy rate was on a constant decline. In the recent years the rate of adolescent pregnancy has persistently grown. Rob Stein of the Washington Post stated that “The pregnancy rate among 15-to-19-year-olds increased 3 percent between 2005 and 2006, the first jump since 1990”(Stein,2010,para. 2) On a daily basis adolescents are exposed to media that portrays teenage sex and pregnancy as a common and normal occurrence. Many times the media almost encourages sexual activity of the younger generations. The television shows such as 16 and pregnant, Teen Mom, and The Secret Life Of an American Teenager, all show adolescents experiencing pregnancy. However these programs not only do not promote safe sex, but almost show an unrealistic portrayal of teenage pregnancy. While the programs do attempt to show some of the hardships of being a teenage mother they end up portraying teen pregnancy as something that is not only normal, but also cool. As if television was not enough to worry about, magazines, movies, and the actions of “famous” individuals also give the idea to our youth that teen sex and pregnancy is not abnormal and is just as moral as if a married couple were to conceive. Due to all of these negative influences it is no wonder that teen pregnancy is on the rise.
Sexual education is lacking in both our school systems and our homes. Parents of our youth just assume that their children are not sexually...
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