Depressing, no? But the story could have one upside: it might expose the folly of much of what has passed for wisdom about teen pregnancy. I say might because so far the media seems to be having trouble grasping what happened in this old, largely Catholic fishing town. Just about every report has pondered the question of whether Gloucester kids were getting the necessary sex education and birth control. Unless someone has figured out how to force young people to take birth-control pills, sex education is completely beside the point. To be fair, reporters are simply repeating the primary narrative about teen pregnancy that public-health experts and family planning organizations like Planned Parenthood have long advanced.
By Gabrielle. My social media streams are overflowing with VMA reflections. Mostly poor, and it made me sad.
Every generation has a tendency to fret about changing moral values and risky behavior among young people. Press, The intergenerational variation in sex attitudes may well be smaller or in a different direction than the talkback radio hosts say it is.