Posts tagged "abstinence"

Teen Girls Get Money For College By Not Getting Knocked Up

Here's a unique scholarship money idea: earning cash for your empty womb! A program at University of North Carolina at Greenboro called College Bound Sisters, started by two doctorate-holding nurses, has paid teen girls one dollar per day for college if they don't get pregnant.
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2009

Internet Porn Is The Best Sex Ed A Teen Could Have

Woe betide the sexual being who has a kinky fetish but doesn't have internet access. You could waste years of your life—decades, even!—fretting that you're the only sick f*** who likes her wrists handcuffed to the bedposts during sex. But with a few clicks of the mouse, anyone can get the lowdown via internet…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 12, 2009

Teen Pregnancy Increased In The Past Few Years

"16 And Pregnant": it's not just an MTV reality show, it's also America's scary reality! A Centers for Disease Control report just came out which discovered teen pregnancy increased in recent years. Teen birth rates rose during 2006 and 2007, after having decreased from 1991 to 2005. More scary news i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 20, 2009

“Condom Worshippers” Rejoice!

Federal funding for abstinence-only education was stripped from the budget in the House subcommittee, and the Christian News Wire isn’t too happy about this. According to them, "There is evidence that abstinence education is an effective primary prevention strategy." It’s just, um, nowhere to be found. When Congress ordered a study…
By: Carrie Wasterlain / July 16, 2009

Your iPurity Ring Will Keep You From Being An iSlut

Having a little trouble staying a virgin until your wedding night? Do you also have an iPhone? Then download the Purity Ring iPhone app where you can take a pledge to be chaste until marriage and look at a digital picture of a purity ring, instead of wearing one. [Cause that would be,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 14, 2009

An Orgasm A Day Keeps The Doctor Away, British Kids Are Told

Jeebus. Why does everybody get so freaked out when adults dare to talk about teenagers masturbating, considering horny 13-year-old guys probably jerk off more than anyone in the world? Alas, there's drama in Sheffield, England, because medical professionals are circulating a pamphlet to teens which suggests that self-pleasure might be more satisfying than, oh,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 13, 2009

Let’s End The War Between Abstinence And Sex Positive Feminism

In a disturbing post yesterday called, "Why Do Feminists Find Abstinence Intolerable?" Susan Walsh, a blogger for the site Hooking Up Smart, uses our current "hookup culture" as undeniable proof that all feminists hate abstinence. Say what? "Feminists are dismissive of hookup culture," she writes, "frequently claiming that it doesn’t exist, that it’…
By: Wendy Atterberry / June 24, 2009

Teens Aren’t Keen On Using Contraception, But That Doesn’t Mean They’ve Stopped Going At It

It's a good thing abstinence-only advocates are tweaking their message, because the old one didn't seem to be working. According to a study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Guttmacher Institute, teens' contraceptive use declined 10 percent from 2003 to 2007, but their level of sexual activity remained the…
By: Catherine Strawn / June 23, 2009

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is Rebranding Its Message

If you're wondering who thought it was a good idea for Bristol Palin, pregnant at 17, to warn America's teens not to have sex until they're married, you're not alone. But it's hard to figure out what, exactly, the well-meaning adults who preach "no sex until marriage" to teenagers are thinking, considering a 2007…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 23, 2009

Bristol Says The Darndest Things

When Bristol Palin got knocked up at age 17, she made national headlines. We applauded her for realizing that “everyone should be abstinent or whatever but it’s not realistic at all,” and we were hopeful (for three seconds) that she would turn this unfortunate situation into a positive one by promoting safe sex.
By: Carrie Wasterlain / May 20, 2009

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Up Again

President Barack Obama has been in office for more than 50 days, but the impact of the previous eight years is still leaving an impression. According to a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, 2007 marked the second straight year teen birth rates rose in the…
By: Annika Harris / March 19, 2009

Bristol Palin Doesn’t Think Mom’s Favorite Method Of Birth Control Is Very Realistic

New mom, Bristol Palin, appeared on Fox News last night to talk about what it's like to be a new mother, in an interview she scheduled without giving her famous mom, Sarah Palin, much warning. Then she and Greta Van Susteren got to talking about abstinence and Bristol dropped a bomb, saying, "abstinence is not…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 17, 2009

Does The Twilight Series Promote Abstinence?

I'm going to have to go with "Yes, sort of." Being that Twilight's author, Stephanie Meyers, is a devout Mormon, I didn't really expect to crack open the first book and get some vampire erotica. Add to that the fact that the books' target audience is supposed to be teenagers, and you're going to be…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 3, 2008

Thongs For Abstinence Or Marketing

We've seen abstinence-promoting promise rings, bracelets and even sweats. Now, your underwear, specifically your thong, can announce your commitment to abstinence with slogans like, "Earn your right to wear white. Abstain", "Iron Hymen", and "Beat It," complete with a finger-pointing Jesus.
By: Annika Harris / July 30, 2008

Rejected: Federal Funding For Abstinence

There’s a first time for everything. And when it comes to federal funding for teaching abstinence programs, the pun is intended. In what feels like an unprecedented protest, more than half the states in the country are turning down offers of national tax money to teach teens abstinence. Just this week, Iowa and Arizona added…
By: Simcha / June 25, 2008

Friday Quickies!

The Los Angeles Times featured a week long dialogue this week about modern feminism between Katha Pollitt and Amanda Marcotte, who are 20 years apart in age. Very interesting read. [LA Times] Daily Bedpost discusses LiLo and the L.U.G. phenomenon. [Daily Bedpost] Boinkology unearths an awesomely archaic educational guide to becoming…
By: The Frisky / June 6, 2008

K-Swiss Should Keep It Real

Sex sells. But what about purity? A K-Swiss ad campaign features tennis star Anna Kournikova in a white sports bra and a teeny-tiny mini skirt, showing off her midriff like a high school ho. Now that they’ve got your attention with some T&A, what’s the slogan say? “Keep It Pure.” Um, what?! While…
By: Simcha / June 6, 2008

K-Mart Says Their Sweats Don’t Advocate Abstinence, But Their Website Tells A Different Story

Remember those "True Love Waits" sweatpants we posted about the other day? Well, K-Mart is claiming that the sweats' message has nothing to do with abstinence and that the bloggers who say that they do are making their own inference. Uh-huh. Cause true love waits for...the sun to shine? True love…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 6, 2008

The Daily Squeeze: Harvard Hates Harry Potter, Nudism, Women Voters, And Teen Sex On The Rise

Some Harvard grads were a little pissy that their Ivy League school invited Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling to speak at commencement rather than, say, Bill Gates. Get over it, nerds, J.K. rules! [NPR]…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 6, 2008

Crave: “True Love Waits” Sweat Pants

We didn't wait and certainly don't expect/want you to, but we just can't help but think it would be really funny to wear these sweats to bed, with our boyfriend, to whom we are not married and living in sin. Because what says "Abstinence Rules!" like a big ol' message on your butt? (Thanks to…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 3, 2008