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I don't get how there is still such a push for abstinence programs. I'm firstly disregarding religious purposes, seeking to contend the positive claims made by programs such as Not Me, Not Now and all these other ridiculous parties, not to mention some of their more high profile supporters.
Some "facts" about abstinence:
1) It is 100% effective in preventing STD's
Well that would be true, it abstinence meant the same thing to everyone. Many students of abstinence believe as long as the man part doesn't go into the female part it's all good. Of course since most of these programs don't actually give STD facts and numbers, the kids don't know that you can still contract STDs with all the other touching/rubbing of each other.
2) It lowers depression in adolescence. (Some things like they're not worried about having sex and not constantly concerned about STDs)
Among the ridiculously long list of positive effects of sex are the well known facts that, basically, sex makes you feel better (fill in chemical reactions here)
3) It's effective in lowering sexual promiscuity among teens
No. Just No. It's been proven as effective as the DARE program.
A good majority of our own government recognizes the uselessness of these programs.
I'm even going to go so far as to challenge the whole sanctity/unity/waiting for marriage thing. To all those who remember their first time, would you really want that disaster to be your very first experience with your blushing new bride? (To those who haven't had your first time yet, it's going to be a disaster. We all went through it, we all got better.)
These programs teach you so much about not doing it that they fail to include the bit on what you should do when you actually go to do it. You've just been married to the love of your life, you go back and get ready to consecrate your marriage for the first time, waiting for each other for all your lives...and you don't even know how to put the condom on.
[x] Bolt Bus
[x] Radisson Hotel Boston
[x] Pre-Pax Dinner
[x] BYOC and 3 Day Pass