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Chris Fane's Student Ministry News

A youth ministry blog consisting of a collection of articles and notes related to
student / youth ministry. Gathered by Chris Fane of egadideas.com



Sex Lives Of Teens

FROM: CBS / THE EARLY SHOW

The federal Center for Disease Control has released a study, one of the first of its kind, tracking teenage sexual habits and behavior. For many parents, the numbers were shocking, especially regarding oral sex. So The Early Show invited MTV's Gideon Yago to see what teens have to say about it all.

Yago told co-anchor Harry Smith he sat down with a group of high school kids(video) in Brookline, Mass., to talk with them about what they think are the prevailing views toward sex. The teenagers did not speak about their own experiences or decisions necessarily, but agreed to speak in general terms, to help shed light on the teenage experience.

Among the comments Yago heard:

Mark Whelan, high school senior: "I think just because we have like a casual experience now doesn't mean we're not going to know what intimacy is for the rest of our lives."

Jenny Weinstein, high school junior: "It can be really intimate or it can be just like a casual thing. I think it just definitely differs not only from like generation to generation but like from person to person."

Leah Wellbaum, high school junior: "It's become more socially acceptable to have oral sex than to have normal sex. People don't think it's that big of a deal."

While the number of teens having sexual intercourse has dropped, the number of kids having oral sex has substantially increased in the last 25 years. Teenagers say they understand the appeal.

Alex Teague, high school senior: "It's sex but not really because it's oral."

Whelan: "I almost think that like drinking … you sort of feel like everyone does it, so why shouldn't I do it."

Karl Knauf, high school senior: "It's almost like kissing somebody now — like it's not even that big of a deal."

But oral sex is a big deal, according to Julie Childers, director of research at Planned Parenthood. "Teenagers haven't gotten the message that oral sex still is risky so teenagers are — everyone is — still at risk for all kinds of sexually transmitted diseases."

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