Sex And Adolescents Essay

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Teenagers, your first thoughts are typically immoral, rebellious, wild, and promiscuous. The way in which older generations evaluate the younger generations is that they always appear to be getting worse. Is this truly the case or are teenagers being misjudged today? When it comes to sexual behaviors amongst teens of today it is certainly a false statement. Especially, when compared to the teens of the eighties, who are most likely their parents. Do these changes appear to be caused by improved values and morals, a better attachment with their parents, or a stronger tone placed on sexual education?
It has been nearly thirty years since I began high school and the news of HIV was everywhere. There were many false threats as to how HIV was contracted some of the ones I remember were through saliva, toilet seats, even the sharing of lipstick. These fears paralyzed teenagers including myself however; it did not stop teens from engaging in sexual behaviors. Following the seventies which had the attitude of peace, love, and happiness the eighties were much more rebellious against parents and authority. Teenagers of the eighties, like me, who lived in large cities (such as I, who was raised in Philadelphia) wanted to be risk takers and experience parties, alcohol, and of course engage in sexual behaviors. Overall, 43% of teens participated in some form of sexual touch, oral sex, as well as masturbation. The average age for a teenager in the eighties to experience intercourse was 16 and some even began shortly after puberty (PubMed, 1989). The attitudes of teenagers on sex were whatever you do just do not get caught. We truly did not believe that STD’s were something that we had to personally worry about. The uses of contraceptives were hardly ever used with consistency and the preferred method was birth control pills, which gives no form of protection against sexual diseases. According to a number of surveys taken in the 1980’s, 67% of U.S. schools were rural. Teens that grew up in rural areas were found to be as sexually active as their non-rural peers. Yet rural schools frequently view AIDS as an urban gay men’s problem and were the least likely to offer HIV education to their students (U.S.A. Today, D-1, January 20, 1989; Jolidon, 1989, as cited in Helge, 1989). I believe that teenagers knew that their parents, church leaders, and even teachers would never approve of their sexual activities however, it did not stop them. Sex was becoming more popular through the media as well in the eighties. Teenage movies were highlighting sexual scenes as well as nudity and this sparked an inquisitive interest in teenagers.
Today the viewpoint on teen’s and sex is worse than ever before. One of the first things people say when asked, what comes to mind when you think of teenagers and sex is that it is high on that list. They believe that teenagers are having sex and they place the blame on declining morals and the media (Bostrom, 2001). Also when asked at...

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