Why abstinence-only sex education is stupid.
So there is this annoying little trend among the more religious/conservative types that says teaching abstinence-only in sex education classes is a good idea. (When I say abstinence-only sex education I mean wait to have sex until marriage) So where do they get the notion that we should only teach abstinence? Well in most cases it is from the Bible. The notion stems first from 1st Corinthians 6:9-11 which states:
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
When the 'sexually immoral' was being mention, it either meant adultery, fornication, perversions or immorality in the mind but what we are focusing on is fornication which is defined as:
So if they were to teach safe sex practices that would be saying it's okay to have sex before you are married which blatantly goes against their belief system and thus they take that out of the curriculum all together. But now that we know a brief history let's move on.
There are a few reason why this is stupid and I plan to point them out.
Number one being the most obvious, as animals, our natural instinct is to prolong our species by having sex. This primary aspect is ignored by the proponents of such forms of sex education. The assumption that, if we teach kids not to have sex they will listen, is insane. According to
Studies on abstinence-only sex education programs