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March 16, 2004

Sex site of the day

I worked for a short time at the University of California, San Francisco, doing page layout for the student newspaper. (Kind of a nice break from my career after the dot-com crash; a half-time job working with friends until I found something that would actually pay the mortgage.) One day a second-year medical student walked in and handed the paper's editor a scathing yet wonderfully written editorial. The student was pleasant, devastatingly intelligent, bright-eyed and militant. I was, rather quickly, professionally smitten. "I have got to work with this woman," thought I. Since then, we've worked together on a couple things.

She's just launched an innovative website, Screw Abstinence, that tears apart the Bush administration's sexual education policy:

In his January 2004 State of the Union address, President Bush pledged to double funding for abstinence education. What he didn't say—and what many don't know—is that his stated commitment to abstinence translates into funding for "abstinence-only-until-marriage" programs. These programs try to scare teens away from sex by teaching that sex outside of marriage at any age is wrong, exaggerating the risk of sexually transmitted diseases, and discouraging teens from using condoms or birth control.

Abstinence-only-until-marriage programs receive over $100 million in funding annually. President Bush wants to double this funding to $270 million. Comprehensive sexual education programs (which stress abstinence while providing information about contraception and safer sex) receive no federally designated funds.

The site has a wonderful mix of attitude and documentation. Great t-shirts too.


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Heh. What particularly gets me about the "abstinence until marriage and no info otherwise" crowd is the mistaken assumption (or vain hope?) that all marriages will be between two eternally faithful virgins who want to have baby after baby after baby. Those who want to avoid the diseases an "experienced" spouse might carry, or who wish to have only two children, or protect themselves in a relationship with an adulterous partner are just sol under this system. Bah.

Posted by: Rana at March 17, 2004 01:18 PM
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