Let's Talk About Sex Essay

1130 WordsMar 21, 20125 Pages
Let’s Talk About Sex At Frayser High School, in Memphis, the students have been busy…but they aren’t writing research papers. They’ve got better things to do. Clutch magazine reported that an alarming, ninety girls are pregnant or have had a baby during this school year alone. In Memphis the teen pregnancy rate is reported to be more than double the national average. Teenage sexuality is an ongoing problem in America as a result of the glorification of sex in the media, absent parents, and the desire for social acceptance among peers. Statistics show that the teen-age birth rate was higher in the 1950's and 1960's than it is now, but there was one major difference, those teens were married. According to The New York Times, the historic high for such births was 1957, when there were 96 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19. In those days it was customary for couples to wed if a pregnancy occurred. Birthrates fell steadily throughout the 1960s and 1970s; they were fairly steady in the early 1980s and then rose sharply between 1988 and 1991 before declining throughout the 1990s. While it seems that we are on the right path, this is still a cause of great concern for our nation, as the United States still has the highest pregnancy rate of the industrialized world. According to the journal, Pediatrics, “exposure to sexual content on television may shape sexual attitudes and behaviors.” Research strongly suggests that adolescent sexual activity reflects the environment within which the teenager comes of age. Beginning at a very young age, our youth are bombarded with sexual messages that are unrealistic, inaccurate, and misleading Our culture glorifies sex and ignores responsibility. Shows like, 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom are being blamed for glorifying teen pregnancy, but it is a little less ‘fairy tale’ than some shows our teens are watching. How

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