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NEWS
December 19, 1994 | DENNIS ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
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NEWS
January 5, 1992 | ROBIN ABCARIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Carlos Collins, an 18-year-old college-bound senior at George Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles, tried sex when he was 16. Now, he is into no sex. "As a matter of fact," said Collins, "me and my friends are kind of abstinent because we know about the horrors that are out there, like AIDS and everything. I have some friends who are into one-night stands, but that is not my style. To me personally, it's not worth it."
NEWS
April 29, 1994 | MARY ROURKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a recent Sunday, 39 teen-agers promised to remain virgins. Relatives with video cameras edged in for close-ups of the girls in white dresses and boys in shirts and ties as they recited their vows. Younger brothers and sisters balanced on tiptoes to get a better view. And after the ceremony, the whole congregation of St. Stephen's Baptist Church in La Puente gave a blast of applause.
NATIONAL
May 7, 2006 | Elizabeth Mehren, Times Staff Writer
Virginity pledges, in which young people vow to abstain from sex until marriage, have little staying power among those who take them, a Harvard study has found. More than half of the adolescents who make the signed public promises give up on their pledges within a year, according to the study released last week. The findings have raised the ire of Concerned Women for America, a prominent conservative organization that advocates adolescent sexual abstinence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1997 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The Roman Catholic Church's teaching on human sexuality is clear--sex should only occur between a woman and a man who are married to each other. So how does the church reach out to gay men and lesbians without bending the rules? That is an issue with which the church as a whole and Father Peter J. Liuzzi of Los Angeles in particular have been grappling. Liuzzi is director of the Los Angeles Archdiocese's Ministry With Gay and Lesbian Catholics and liaison to the larger gay and lesbian community.
NEWS
January 21, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Alcoholics who were given a medication approved for quelling nausea were able to cut back on their alcohol intake, researchers reported. The medication, ondansetron (Zofran), could become a readily available therapy for helping some alcoholics become abstinent. The study, published Wednesday in the American Journal of Psychiatry , is based on research on a gene known as 5-HTT that is important to the serotonin system of the brain. Certain variants of this gene can increase the risk of psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and addiction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1989
Abortion has become birth control for many, rich and poor. The "dirty" word no one wants to hear in this "me-first" sexually promiscuous age is abstinence. Abstinence, for those who don't know, means if you don't want to risk getting pregnant, you shouldn't have sex at all. That's where "choice" begins, not after conception. Abstinence, not abortion, is the foolproof birth control method with choice. WENDY LEECE Costa Mesa
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.
OPINION
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.
OPINION
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.
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