A recently completed study by the Rand Corp., involving tracking the television viewing habits and pregnancy rates of over 2,000 teenagers concludes that teens who watch highly sexual programming are twice more likely to cause a pregnancy or be pregnant while a teen. In other words, sexuality on television causes sexuality in real life. (read AP story on the study here).
Unfortunately, it appears that the AP reporter and study author may have reached the wrong conclusion. The story states that the shows “can lead teens to have unprotected sex ‘before they’re ready to make responsible and informed decisions,'” stated Anita Chandra, the studies author.
This writing leads one to the conclusion that teen intercourse is not a significant problem as long as such interaction involves “safe” sex. In other words, as long as the teen is protected (which means using a contraceptive) then they are “responsible and informed.”
It is interesting that the AP writer appears to place these words into Ms. Chandra’s quote. The author of the study only stated that the viewing of such shows can contribute to teens engaging in sexuality “before they’re ready to make a responsible and informed decision.” It appears the AP reporter editorialized about “unprotected” sex.
This demonstrates the default attitudes of popular culture today. Teen sexual intercourse is here to stay and so, teach safe sex. This approach has four flaws: (1) sexuality is not just a biological urge but a precious gift – this is why few things can affect our mental health as deeply as sexual abuse or exploitation – it has deep personal and spiritual meaning; (2) teaching teens that full sexual interaction at a tender age outside a loving relationship is natural – sets teens up for exploitation; (3) teaching such sexuality as the norm reduces the ability of a teen to resist pressure to have sex; and (4) teens by nature are still growing and maturing and are not as responsible to understand the repercussions of their actions and therefore, do not use the protection urged.
At least we finally see the obvious stated in a study – the objectification and commercialization of sexuality encourages cheap sex.
This aggressive sexual culture has also accelerated the break down of the family as indicated by the following startling and underreported statistic.
In 1960 2% of all children born in the United States were born out of wedlock. In 2006, for the first time in United States history over a majority of children born in the United States that year were born out of wedlock.