What’s Common Sense Got to Do With It?

Since this little tid-bit of information got quite a chuckle at our staff meeting today, I thought I’d let you in on the “joke”.

The federal government has recently expanded the targeted age group for which abstinence-only-until-marriage funds are directed. Now, it won’t just be children who receive inaccurate and biased information about sex and sexuality. Unmarried adults up to the age of 29 are the latest age group that the federal government is trying to make chaste. From yesterday’s USA Today:

“They’ve stepped over the line of common sense,” said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that supports sex education. “To be preaching abstinence when 90% of people are having sex [according to the National Center for Health Statistics for ages 20-29] is in essence to lose touch with reality. It’s an ideological campaign. It has nothing to do with public health.”

For many of us, it’s not such a surprise that the Bush administration has lost touch with reality. But, since the majority of us think in terms of the real world, let’s think about how this would play out.

Imagine that a 29 year-old single male might be told,

For condoms to be used correctly, over 10 specific difficult steps must be followed every time. This tends to minimize the romance and spontaneity of the sex act. (Choosing the Best, p. 25).

Or, a 25 year-old female would be told this about how her needs differ from a male partner (because that is the only possible option–apparently, if we ignore homosexuality it will not exist):

“Women need affection while men need sexual fulfillment; women need conversation while men need recreation companionship; women need honest and openness while men need physical attractiveness; women need financial support while men need admiration, and women need family commitment while men need domestic support” (WAIT Training, p. 199).

While I can’t help but laugh, it’s quite scary to think about how this new “clarification” in the federal government’s grant guidelines may impact public health.

Remember, if you’re in your late 20s and still single (whether or not getting married is in your life plan and/or legal for you and your partner), it’s not too late to take a virginity pledge!

Julie in Philly

16 thoughts on “What’s Common Sense Got to Do With It?

  1. I’m laughing and scared at the same time! It’s hilarious to think that people would believe this crud, but scary that so many probably DO believe it!

    Of course, a lot of these people believe Noah brought the dinosaurs on the ark while they were still in eggs to minimize space. So no surprises there!

    What I do find shocking is that the guidelines are so blatantly sexist. I guess for a group that believe a woman’s role is to be subservient to men, it’s not a surprise. But still, they could at least *pretend* like they think women are equals socially.

    I guess the governent has too much money to spend and needs someplace to burn it off?

    And exactly what kind of condoms are these people using that require a degree to put them on?

  2. Ten Steps! Just two away from being a real self-help program!

    Step 1: Admit to ourselves that we are powerless to keep the sperm from penetrating the latex wall.

    Step 2: Come to believe that only a power greater than ourselves can keep the condom from breaking.

  3. The full ten specific steps to successful condom usage are available here: http://www.irishhealth.com/?level=4&con=89&var=print

    Following is a summery – WARNING reading further will cause you confusion, and will drain all the romance and spontaneity from your life!

    1. Buy condoms that fit.
    2. Open the package carefully.
    3. Press out the air at the tip
    4. With the rolled rim on the outside, put the condom over the erect penis
    5. Unroll the condom down over the entire erect penis.
    6. Smooth out any air bubbles.

    (Doing you-know-what goes here.)

    7. Pull out -carefully – before the penis is soft
    8. Don’t re-use a condom.
    9. Store condoms in a cool, dry place.
    10. Throw away old condoms.

    They LEFT OUT the most important step! You are supposed to BLOW THE CONDOM UP like a BALLOON to make sure it does not have any pin holes! I ALWAYS do this! They must have left this out since it puts the spontaneity and romance back into condom use.

  4. This is sexist. What if a Woman wants a child, but does not want to be locked into marriage? Their next step may be forced sterilization, until marriage, and my guess is that the baby girls will get the operation. We need a Woman (not Clinton) president!

  5. Well, that’s one less worry on my mind! With just about everybody having seen “Reefer Madness”, what would the next generation ridicule? Now we can depend on new government propaganda to amuse and entertain our children; bravo!

  6. I challenge anyone that has the guts to go ahead and try to prove that God does not bless those that wait until marriage. Have you ever found true love and committment in promiscuous sex? Definitely not like I have found in following a God full of mercy and love. There is so much more out there that you guys are missing!!! Life is so much more than sex. Life as you describe it would be a miserable and empty existence! I challenge you to even try to prove that God does not exist. He can handle it. His power and love for each of you far exceeds your desire to prove Him wrong! What have you got to lose? Go ahead and see if you can intellectually prove that He isn’t there.

  7. Ohio has spent $455,000 in taxpayer money to teach abstinence-until-marriage-only sex ed to students in middle school and high school. Dr. Scott Frank, a leading public health researcher at Case Western Reserve University decided to check out exactly what the kids were learning. Here’s the sex-ed information a half-million dollars bought for Ohio teens:

    HIV can be transmitted through “tears and open-mouth kissing.”

    Contraceptives http://www.enterbet.com are to blame for mental health problems in teens.

    Taking the pill will increase a girl’s future chances of infertility.

    Students should just “follow God’s plan for purity.” sportsbook

    Keeping kids in the dark or filling their heads with misinformation about contraception doesn’t keep hormonally charged teens from having sex. It just makes it less likely they’ll have safe sex.

  8. Have you ever found true love and committment in promiscuous sex?

    Why, yes, I have. And my same-sex partner and I have been together for 18 years. Far longer than all three of my Baptist republican brother’s marriages.

    Thanks for asking!

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