Quite a header for an article by Tara Culp posted this week at nationofchange.org. No doubt the school in question, the Delhi Charter School in Delhi, Louisiana, will be taken to task by the ACLU and other groups for instituting a policy that is blatantly discriminatory–not to mention that it sanctions the forced invasion of a student’s privacy in the most personal of ways. As the school’s student handbook makes clear, even girls who are simply “suspected” of being pregnant will be required to submit to mandatory pregnancy testing. And, all of this in the name of coping with the state’s high rates of teen pregnancy!
The policy probably will not stand for long, but in a way that’s not even the point. Public shaming, and engendering fear, and anxiety and guilt, are the least helpful ways of reaching teens about sexuality.This kind of approach virtually guarantees that teen behavior will go even further underground, since adults have cast themselves as “the enemy,” certainly not trusted Go-To people whose caring advice and guidance is what young people need. The real tragedy in many cases will be teen girls attempting to hide their pregnancies for as long as possible, thereby endangering their own life and health, and the outcomes of their pregnancies, because they will be afraid to seek and receive proper attention to prenatal care.
Let’s not forget the message to boys–and about boys–that this horribly misguided policy unequivocally promotes: It’s all the girl’s fault and it’s all her problem. And she should and will be punished for it.
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This Kara Corridan blog at parents.com reveals how important it is–and how hard it can be–to keep your own reactions in check long enough to see the world through the eyes of your child.
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Lindsay Abrams writes in The Atlantic that, according to the National Survey of Family Growth released this month, a whopping 37% of all US births result from unplanned pregnancies. The overall number of unplanned pregnancies annually is actually much higher, since that figure reflects only pregnancies that resulted in birth and excludes miscarriages and induced abortions. Very telling is the most frequently cited reason for not using birth control among women surveyed who chose not to use it: “I didn’t think I would get pregnant.” Clearly, denial and magical thinking are not solely the province of teenagers. The underlying question is this: Why are so many women living in 21st Century America so ignorant and/or irrational concerning even the most basic knowledge about sexual intercourse and reproduction, and why aren’t we addressing this issue prominently on a national level? Surely, comprehensive human sexuality education is part of the solution. For other provocative details, check out the full story at Atlantic.
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The federal court declared DOMA unconstitutional.
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This is our first blog post at Deborah Roffman’s new Sex and Sensibility site. You’re invited to post comments about the new site. Let us know if you have any problems, such as broken links, etc.
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