CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1986
Be serious! Abstinence is not ignoring sexuality, it is introducing a "new" idea and way of dealing with one's sexuality. Also, rather than making a judgment that everyone is "doing it," why doesn't the author of this editorial do a study on teen-agers who are aware of practicing abstinence and the zero number of pregnancies in that group? It is odd also that this writer thinks of sexuality in terms of intercourse. Our sexuality is a part of who we are as persons whether we ever have intercourse or not, and believe it or not most people are aware of his or her sexuality as a small child.
February 20, 2002
Secretary of State Colin Powell is to be commended for speaking out in favor of condom use ("Unlike His Boss, Powell Takes Pro-Condom Stand," Feb. 15). As for those who are criticizing him for doing so, it's clear that they're more interested in advancing a sex-negative agenda than they are in saving lives. Yes, abstinence should be taught. But it should be taught as part of a complete program of sex education, including information on masturbation and all forms of contraception. While it is true that abstinence is the surest way to avoid sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy, it's also true that proper condom use greatly reduces those risks.
April 12, 2007
Re "Abstaining from federal sex-ed funds," April 8 Since when does intolerant religious dogma dictate the national policy on sexual education for our children? Since President Bush and Republicans forced an abstinence-only agenda on states for federal funding. The stated goal: Achieve chastity for our hormonally active children. I would have had to lock my six daughters in their rooms for the duration of their teenage years to achieve this goal. The absurdity of the abstinence-based programs became apparent last year when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a memo stating that states "must not" promote contraceptive and condom use to receive funding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1986
Hurray for Abstinence! Thank you for running the article by Cal Thomas (Editorial Pages, May 5), "Why Not Tell Teen-Agers to Avoid Premarital Sex?" I'm no longer a voice crying in an indifferent wilderness, beginning to feel hopelessly out of date. For years I have spoken and written to friends and acquaintances in the youth welfare field, both locally and nationally, urging them to start a national movement with the theme of "Abstinence, not Abortion!" And in the last year I've changed it to "Abstinence, not Abortion or AIDS."
March 3, 2002 |
At the YMCA in this northern outpost of Appalachia is a rarity: a federal social program that President Bush wants to beef up. A group of teens and preteens is gathered in a windowless cinder-block room playing a game called "basket of consequences." A boy whose flattop looks like freshly mowed grass reaches into a basket, pulls out a plastic egg, cracks it open and takes out a picture of a ghost.
February 12, 1995
Re "For Drinkers, Is Abstinence All There Is?" (Jan. 31): Who but an alcoholic would want to return to "moderate drinking"? Four martinis a day is moderate? On June 23, I'll have 18 years of abstinence. Why on Earth would I risk the life I've achieved just so that I can return to counting drinks, my favorite occupation for the 35 years before that? I have never met a problem drinker who does not secretly believe himself or herself to be one of that 1% who can safely give up abstinence without fear of relapse.
March 20, 2000 |
If last year's hit movie "American Pie" is correct, the pursuit of the first sexual experience is still a defining theme of youth. The comedy chronicled the antics of four high school friends who vow to lose their virginity by prom night. But for a minority of teens and 20-somethings, virginity is not only a defining characteristic, but, in some cases, even hip.
December 29, 2008 |
Teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence, and they are significantly less likely to use birth control when they do, according to a study. The new analysis of data from a large federal survey found that more than half of youths became sexually active before marriage regardless of whether they had taken a "virginity pledge." The percentage who took precautions against pregnancy or STDs was 10 points lower for pledgers than for nonpledgers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2001
I was glad to see "Churches Confront Sex Addiction" (March 30), taking up a sensitive subject. I was also sad, though, being reminded that as a culture we flip back and forth between compulsive, irresponsible sexuality and stern, tense abstinence: "sex recovery." What's missing is the lifting up of a lovely sexual intimacy in a lasting relationship as one of several possible ideals in a satisfying and productive life. TOM ARMBRUSTER Orange