October 14, 2007 |
In the 1990s, amid a growing culture war over the role of religion and morality in public policy, Republicans used their congressional majorities to crank up funding for programs that encouraged teens to abstain from sex until marriage. But now, though Democrats have taken control of Congress, abstinence-only programs are surviving attempts to shut them down. And they could even get an increase with the aid of an unlikely ally: House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey (D-Wis.
August 10, 1999 |
Thanks to some inappropriate talking and staple-throwing, the uniformed 13- and 14-year-olds at Bernardo Yorba Middle School have been made to sit for roll call. When they are quiet, the teacher introduces today's guest speaker, a friendly looking woman in a short skirt, who also, they are told, suffered the consequences of imperfect behavior. Her problem, however, was sex.
February 14, 2010
Cartoonists coasted like a Prius thrown into neutral this week. Besides Toyota's hara-kiri, we got great mileage out of polar paralyzation in Washington, Sarah Palin's palm prompter, Iranian nukes and, oh yes, that little budget mess. But a brave few went off script. Pat Bagley was burned up over entitlements, tax cuts and war bills. Mikhaela Reid was alone in commenting on abstinence -- apparently it's an unsexy issue. And Jeff Koterba was a solo voice crying for the millions slaughtered in an African war. Too bad you can't recall a wildly out-of-control conflict.
February 22, 1998 |
Armed with a bundle of federal welfare reform dollars, Gov. Pete Wilson wants to escalate the fight against teenage pregnancy in California by significantly expanding "abstinence-only" sex education programs. Under the governor's proposal, community youth organizations would get money for programs that encourage youngsters to say no to sex until marriage. Discussion of contraceptives would be forbidden.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2001 |
Few subjects roil adults like the collision of kids and sex, and it seems our kids are just as divided. Listen to Jonathan Knepper and Mahshid Rezapour, two young leaders on the emotionally charged issue of indiscriminate teen pregnancy. For Jonathan, the solution lies in abstinence. "It's hard, but it's worth it," says the junior at La Canada High School. "You can have tons of sex, but it's going to catch up with you." For Mahshid, the solution lies in sex education.
September 27, 2000 |
Sex education courses in America's schools often are based on either an "abstinence only" curriculum or a more comprehensive program that also includes contraception. But a study released Tuesday found that the line between the two approaches increasingly has blurred.
September 9, 1994 |
Between learning about condoms and communicable diseases, hundreds of San Fernando Valley seventh-graders also will receive a tough, new message this year: Abstain from sex. Endorsed by even the most staunch supporters and opponents of sex education, the state-funded program focuses entirely on persuading 12- to 14-year-olds to postpone sex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1992 |
A new program designed to reach junior high students that advocates sexual abstinence may soon be taught in many schools throughout Orange County. While only two schools have participated in the program, more are scheduled to join next year. The program, Education Now and Babies Later, has been approved in the Laguna Beach Unified School District. The Santa Ana Unified School District, which has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the county, will vote on it next month.
December 19, 1994 |
Maybe Joycelyn Elders should have come to California before she opened her mouth. The surgeon general was fired earlier this month, ostensibly because she said masturbation is "something that perhaps should be taught" in schools. In California, it often is. State guidelines for sex education suggest that teachers talk about masturbation "in such a way as to dispel common myths associated with it . . . sterility, blindness, or feeble-mindedness."
March 4, 2002 |
In the movie "40 Days and 40 Nights," Josh Hartnett plays a virile but vulnerable guy who gives up sex for Lent after a bad breakup. He renounces women, hides his porno collection and eventually has a buddy chain him down to keep his hands off himself. He avoids temptation until he meets Erica (Shannyn Sossamon) at a laundromat, and struggles throughout the rest of the film to keep his vow of chastity without losing her. Like Hartnett's character, I, too, am abstaining during Lent.