Friday, April 17, 2009

And the answer is.. Just Don't!

I think it's time to sharpen all our brains a little bit, so I'm giving you a quiz. It's about Sex in America, focusing on the "teens" or the "children" depending on how much outrage you want to drum up. It's by The Concerned Parents of America a concerned lot that want to make sure kids get the right sort of sex ed, that is Abstinence Only.

Don't worry if you're not American, the quiz is dead easy.. all you have to do and I know I'm totally ruining the quiz here, is choose the worst possibility each time, with no regard for logic, or any facts you may think you know about sex, science or statistics.

Actually I lie, in question #6, "What percentage of new Chlamydial infections in 2000 occurred among 15-24 year olds?" the possible answers are, 25%, 54%, 74% and 100%. The answer is not 100%. I was wrong. The answer is 74, so not that bad really.

Other questions include:

1. What percentage of teen women using contraception will be pregnant within 2 years of use? The answer is 21% which sounds high, and leads me to believe they're not using the words "using", "contraception" and "2" the way I would. And teen of course, but what do I know?

2. How many young women between the ages of 14-19 years old in the U.S. are infected with at least one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases?? Yes, the double question marks are theirs, the answer is 1 in 4, and no mention of the young men of this age.

Then there's 2 questions about condoms being any good for preventing anything nasty, answer being "they don't", and one about hormonal contraception preventing STDs which of course don't but apparently teens in America don't know that so what the fuck.

A few more about diseases and how many young teens/children/adults have them. Answer is "a lot", and then..

9. What % of teens that practice abstinence from all sexual activity either contract an STD or become pregnant? And finally we get a positive answer, which in this case is 0. It sounds like a no brainer, but if you take into account that many of these "abstinent" kids don't exactly stay abstinent, and when they fall of the wagon they are more likely to go commando so to speak, and are thus more likely to end up diseased or with child, it's probably something that should be mentioned. Then there are the "not really sex" types of sex that abstinent kids often to which can also give you diseases n stuff. And of course, abstinent doesn't really mean no sex evah, it means no sex until marriage, so.. after marriage, I suppose pregnancies are always wanted then, all of them, all the time, (cos you're not sposed to use the rubber thingies or pills then either) and the other stuff.. well.. you're beloved shouldn't be diseased should they?

10. Oral contraceptives have been shown to be associated with ________________?
Breast Cancer
Cervical Cancer
Artery-Clogging Plaques
All of the Above

And the answer is... of course, all of it! Those pill things are just that bad. Now.. I don't know much about this stuff, but I call a big fail on this one. I can't see this as being anything other than a bare faced lie. I mean the other stuff is twisted statistics and irregular wording and leaving out whole chunks of relevant data but.. is this actually based on anything?

11. Teens that have sex at an early age increase their risk of delinquency. True of course. And it's that simple, really. There are no other factors involved.

14. Virginity during teen years is associated with decreased likelihood of divorce later in life. This is true. I don't know if this is based on anything either, but if it's true, it's got absolutely nothing to do with the fact that people who come from more traditional backgrounds are more likely to remain virgins until married, and are also less likely to divorce if they're wretchedly miserable/being beaten, raped and held controlled by an abusive spouse.

15. Girls who are living with their partner (cohabitating) are less likely than others to experience contraceptive failure. False of course. Nothing good can happen to those that live in sin. The girls anyway. Then they try to tell you that people who use contraception have more unintended pregnancies than those who don't. This of course means.. ??? Profit. Or something.

And that's it. I learned a lot. Most of it being that nothing makes sense and there's no point in anything, so why bother? At least that's what I think I'm supposed to take from it.


Dennis the Vizsla said...

I'm reminded of the sex ed film from "The Simpsons", which Ms. Crabapple played for her class while smoking a cigarette, eventually telling the children (in reference to a character in the film), "She's faking it." The clip ended with the narrator, Troy McClure (who else?), saying into the camera, "And now that you know what to do ... don't do it."

See also the short educational film "Your Testicles and You" from Johnny Dangerously.

Michelle said...

Now those sound intriguing.. I'm gonna have to get a hold of those, sound quite realistic actually.