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Contraception Education as Real World “Concern Trolling”

September 26, 2011

Listen, I am not a Sex NAZI. I just want to preface this rant with that, because it’s important that you understand where I’m coming from on this. I am not against promiscuity, casual sex, threesomes, moresomes, bisexual sex, gay and lesbian sex, whatever. I do approve only of consensual sex, as defined by me, but that’s not really the issue I want to discuss. I want to discuss responsible behavior and consequences. One can have a very permissive attitude toward sex, like I do, while at the same time demanding that people act responsibly. What am I talking about?

If I am a billionaire and I want to go to the casino and drop half a million dollars per night, that’s not necessarily irresponsible — I can afford it. If you’re surviving week-to-week, paycheck-to-paycheck, and have a family to support, it is irresponsible for you to gamble any amount of money. Some people think that this is unfair. It’s not. It’s a function of your real world conditions. From a purely behavioral point of view, lying down to take a nap in your bed isn’t much different than lying down to take a nap in the middle of an I-10 onramp. Practically, they’re world’s apart in consequences.

More youngsters having unsafe sex: global study

LONDON (Reuters) – Young people across the globe are having more unprotected sex and know less about effective contraception options, a multinational survey revealed on Monday. The “Clueless or Clued Up: Your Right to be informed about contraception” study prepared for World Contraception Day (WCD) reports that the number of young people having unsafe sex with a new partner increased by 111 percent in France, 39 percent in the USA and 19 percent in Britain in the last three years.

“No matter where you are in the world, barriers exist which prevent teenagers from receiving trustworthy information about sex and contraception, which is probably why myths and misconceptions remain so widespread even today,” a member of the WCD task force, Denise Keller, said in a statement with the results of the study. “When young people have access to contraceptive information and services, they can make choices that affect every aspect of their lives which is why it’s so important that accurate and unbiased information is easily available for young people to obtain,” Keller said.

The survey, commissioned by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and endorsed by 11 international non-governmental organizations, questioned more than 6,000 young people from 26 countries including Chile, Poland and China, on their attitudes toward sex and contraception. The level of unplanned pregnancies among young people is a major global issue, campaigners say, and the rise in unprotected sex in several counties has sparked concern about the quality of sex education available to youngsters. In Europe, only half of respondents receive sex education from school, compared to three quarters across Latin America, Asia Pacific and the USA.

Many respondents also said that they felt too embarrassed to ask a healthcare professional for contraception. “What young people are telling us is that they are not receiving enough sex education or the wrong type of information about sex and sexuality,” spokeswoman for the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Jennifer Woodside said in a statement. “The results show that too many young people either lack good knowledge about sexual health, do not feel empowered enough to ask for contraception or have not learned the skills to negotiate contraceptive use with their partners to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies or STIs (sexually transmitted infections),” she said.

More than a third of respondents in Egypt believe bathing or showering after sex will prevent pregnancy, and more than a quarter of those in Thailand and India believe that having intercourse during menstruation is an effective form of contraception. But the fact that many young people engage in unprotected sex and the prevalence of harmful myths should not come as a surprise, Woodside said.

“How can young people make decisions that are right for them and protect them from unwanted pregnancy and STIs, if we do not empower them and enable them to acquire the skills they need to make those choices?” she said.

May I ask a question? Why are people who are both ignorant and financially insecure having sex? How come these studies never address that? Let me bring it back to gambling. Dana White gambles with more money in one sitting than 95% of all human beings will make in their lifetimes. But Dana White does not have a gambling problem. See? HE CAN AFFORD IT. If he loses $500,000 tonight playing blackjack, it won’t affect his standard of living one iota. But you have no business dropping $3000 betting against LSU or Jon Jones. Why? You’re a broke loser already borrowing from your parents just to make your rent payments every month.

Why is sex treated differently? Just because you can insert tab A into slot B doesn’t mean you have any business doing so. That is NEVER addressed in these studies. These kids are never told, “You know, you could set your life back by getting pregnant or impregnating someone else. You could set your life back by contracting an STD.” No, the object of these studies is to mislead kids into thinking that contraception will remove any possible negative consequences to having sex. It distorts incentive structures by pretending the costs are lower than they are. If you’re 25 and financially independent with a good job and are capable of supporting a bucket of paternity claims if your contraceptive practices turn out to have failed, that’s fine. If you’re a 15-year-old “C” student in high school with lower-middle-class parents, you ought not be taking that risk.

But these studies never address that. Quite the contrary, they WANT you taking that risk. They want you lulled into thinking you can slap a condom on yourself or take a pill, and then you can have sex without the possibility of negative consequences. Here are the contraception failure rates:

Even if you do everything right with standard contraception, there's still a significant chance of pregnancy.

So if you’re a guy in high school, and 100 girls at that high school are sexually active and every single time they’re sexually active, the guy they’re having sex with is engaging in “perfect use” with a condom as defined in that graph, 2 of those girls will still get pregnant. Do these studies explain that to kids? No, of course not. Given what I just said, should a teenager in high school be having sex at all? No. Obviously not. Hell no.

What about people who believe showering after sex prevents pregnancy? What might we guess about such people? Probably poor, uneducated — maybe to the point of illiteracy, probably not in a position where having kids would be responsible. But the people conducting these studies never tell the people I just mentioned, “Hey, here is how contraception works; by the way, you have no business having sex and risking pregnancy in the first place.” No, they use the guise of wanting to prevent unwanted pregnancy as the cover for making sure these people get pregnant. On the internet, this is what we’d call “concern trolling“.

So what’s going on here? Like so many other issues, there is an agenda at play. Believe it or not, there are those who have a vested interest in having people who cannot afford to get pregnant/impregnate others do so anyway. Can you think of a better way to expand dependency and entitlement classes? No, you can’t.

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