Sex You Gonna Eat That?
posted by April 29 at 9:53 AMon
The abortion rate in the United States keeps falling—24% between 1990 and 2004—but access to abortion services doesn’t seem to be the reason. If access were the issue, birth rates would be rising. But birth rate are falling too, although not by nearly as much; birth rates fell 6% in the same time frame. (So access may be playing a role.) So what do experts think is going on?
Well, it’s a complicated issue, multi-factored, with lots of variables….
The answers are probably many: more contraceptive choices, state laws requiring parental notification where minors are concerned, fewer unintended pregnancies and some surprising trends among teenagers…. [And much] has been written about a teen “hookup culture” in which casual sex has become more commonplace than ever. Demographer Joyce Abma of the National Center for Health Statistics said that might be true for oral sex but not for intercourse.
Let’s hear it for oral sex—seriously. For young and inexperienced straight kids that want to be sexually intimate, oral sex is great, low-stakes option, a way for them to enjoy each other without risking pregnancy. Oral sex, frottage, and mutual masturbation should be recommended to all young people, gay and straight, as a good ways to gain experience, minimize risks, and build confidence before they move on to vaginal or anal intercourse.