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All the denouncement had absolutely no effect - Jason Lindquist
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All the denouncement had absolutely no effect
So a UTexas sociologist has been looking into teenage sex, particularly correlations with religious background. His research indicates that girls from evangelical Christian denominations are least likely to expect sex to be pleasurable, most likely to believe their partners will lose respect for them, and have the largest proportion (74%) to profess a belief in abstinence until marriage. You'd think that would imply they would be the girls least likely to have sex and possibly wind up pregnant. You'd be wrong. White evangelical youths are busier than Mormons, mainline protestants, and Jews. The only group with a lower "sexual debut" age (THAT's a creepy term!) are black protestants. (The article doesn't mention us Catholics. Maybe they're deferring to Frank Zappa, but I can't say for sure.) Naturally, the highest rates of teen pregnancy, teen STDs, divorce, lowest rate of contraceptive use, and youngest average age at marriage dovetail strongly--and the "leading" states are "red".

The bit that bugs me the most is the pleasure and respect issue. Iif you don't think you'll enjoy it, then why do it? So what if he dumps you? If you give it up and he loses respect for you, that's going to happen anyways. It's a lose-lose decision?

The bit that really frosts my ass is the willful deception going on in that community. "Condoms won't protect you and won't stop a pregnancy." A lot of them really do tell their kids that!

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linmayu From: linmayu Date: October 31st, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's because when you're a girl raised in an evangelical Christian denomination, you hate yourself--it's really hard not to when you have it hammered into your head that you're the cause of all the evil in the world--and then you seek out ways to make bad things happen to yourself. Trust me, I know.
jlindquist From: jlindquist Date: October 31st, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's one of the few things that can really light off my rage. All the energy and effort it requires to succeed in this world, all the obstacles that young women still have to overcome, because while we've made much progress, we still have more to do, how dare anyone crush a young girl like that, before she's barely begun...

My sisters are so fortunate to have grown up in the environment we did. Everybody deserves that...
linmayu From: linmayu Date: November 1st, 2008 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
To hear a man talk like that makes me feel really, really hopeful for the future. I am really glad that there are families out there where girls and women are respected.
jlindquist From: jlindquist Date: November 1st, 2008 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.

Really, it was that or I'd get it from mom. She's never been one to take shit from anybody, and certainly not one to buy into "boys will be boys".
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