blueribbonscot (blueribbonscot) wrote in acceptance_teen,
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Study on teenage sexuality

I'm cross-posting this madly, because I think it's that bloody significant. This article reads as a gross misrepresentation of the actual study. The second-to-last paragraph should appear much earlier. Everyone who's got any sexual experience to speak of knows that it can be both positive and negative, but (assuming you're doing it right) the majority, and the general net effect, is positive. And this study confirms that sex really is emotionally beneficial, that teens get more positive effects out of sexual activity (of whatever flavor) than negative effects.

But of course CNN has to hide the fact that sex might just be healthy for teenagers at the end because of the stigma that's attached to sex in general, and adolescent sexuality in particular. The vast majority of the negative effects can be done away with by society getting over it and accepting sex, both in theory and in practice.

Teenagers have sex, and there's not a whole hell of a lot that can be done to prevent it. The best thing that can be done is to help them do it well and correctly, such that it's as fulfilling an experience as possible, without all of the excess grief and emotional overhead associated with it.
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