Hi I'm new, don't mind me ranting a little.
UGH, abstinence only "education" makes me a little crazy.
When I was in school (late 1800s) we were taught about sex and all the forms of birth control available. Repeatedly, we were told, the only 100% sure method of birth control was abstinence, but we were taught about condoms, pills etc etc. I was 18 when I first had sex. I wanted to be an adult, legally and physically, in case I got pregnant. We used a condom with spermicide and I did not get pregnant or pick up any STDs.
That is just me, but it is not just me. My friends, my sisters, many many people I have talked to since then all say that they used birth control because they had learned about it and even though it might not be 100% it is wiser to be careful... contrast this with abstinence only; what I am hearing from my more conservative friends is that they were all in favor of abstinence only and the whole virgin until married thing... but the results of these classes are; a minority of kids actually wait until marriage (just like those who take regular sex-ed) but those who's hormones get the better of them do not tend to bother with birth control because they often don't know almost anything about it and/or think it is almost 100% worthless at preventing pregnancy and STDs. They also may think it is "sinful." Better to have been momentarily "overcome" than to have planned, been ready... been responsible. (!!!)
Did any of you know that the 1950s, that squeaky clean time the far right dreams of returning to, had the highest teen pregnancy rate the US has ever seen? Real sex ed has seen a decline in teen motherhood and the spread of STDs. I totally do not understand why people want to give misinformation about sex to teenagers and it makes me a little cranky.
*hops off soapbox*