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."
May 7, 2006 |
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.
January 5, 1992 |
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."
April 29, 1994 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1997 |
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.
January 21, 2011 |
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.
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
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
April 8, 2007 |
In an emerging revolt against abstinence-only sex education, states are turning down millions of dollars in federal grants, unwilling to accept White House dictates that the money be used for classes focused almost exclusively on teaching chastity. In Ohio, Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland said that regardless of the state's sluggish economic picture, he didn't see the point in taking part in the controversial State Abstinence Education Program anymore.
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.