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How do you define the word “prostitution”? Is this only a business of selling or buying of sex? Researcher said that it is beyond the physical act between a men and women for money. Abolitionist came up with many ideas to prohibit the prostitution business but they could not make it happen. In ancient era, there were women who were treated like prostitutes called concubines and now they are called sex workers. Prostitution started centuries ago and still it is going on. Although prostitution is illegal in most part of the world, the number of sex workers is increasing gradually. Prostitution should be legal in order to terminate criminalization of prostitutes, provide safety to the sex...
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Abortion is one of the most controversial social issues in today’s society. Over forty two million abortions are performed each year on legal and illegal grounds and one-hundred and fifteen thousand daily around the world. Abortion throughout human history has been practiced in every culture on earth. In primitive societies abortion was carried out by using sharp sticks or putting sheer pressure on women’s torsos. The result of which was vaginal bleeding. The greatest cultures which this world had fostered long before us also had their own methods of abortions. In fact, techniques for terminating pregnancies are printed in mankind’s longest surviving medical texts.
The practice of abortion...
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Why It's a Sin To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill A Mockingbird, a novel written by Harper Lee. To Kill A Mockingbird sets in 1960 to show how people lived together, worked together, and dealt with each other. The book is set in the 1930's in a small rural town in Alabama, to the south of Montgomery. The mocking bird is a very important symbol in "To Kill A Mockingbird." It represents people who are outsiders of society but are innocent and good people. In the town everyone knows each other and most are friends. Everyone in town gets along with each other excluding the Ewell and the Radley. Therefore, it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Tom Robinson and Mr. Author Radley (Boo Radley) are the two...
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It is a Sin to Kill Tom Robinson"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. That's why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird." (90) This quote is stated by Miss Maudie, underscoring the point of view of Atticus, who is a lawyer given an uphill job of substantiating a black man's innocence who is accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewells. To Kill a Mockingbird is an inspirational and thought provoking story that is the first and the only novel written by Harper Lee. The basic time setting of the novel is in the 1930s during the Great Depression, in the...
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In a world that often seems to revolve around patriarchy, we are all taught about gender roles and pressured to adhere to them, whether they are enforced or not. For example, the female gender role involves women having children, cooking and cleaning, and being overall submissive. The male gender role focuses on men being the “bread-winners” and “protectors” of their household, by working, being tough, and having a dominant nature. In both Purple Hibiscus and Sin is a Puppy that Follows You Home (commonly referred to as Sin is a Puppy), two West-African based novels written by female, feminist authors, the characters seemed to fit into their stereotypical gender roles perfectly, especially...
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Between the 1960s and the 1980s, the priorities of Americans shifted from a patriotic concern for the country’s welfare to a concern for self-advancement. “A 1980 study by UCLA and American Council on Education indicated that college freshmen were more interested in status, power, and money than at any time during the past 15 years. Business Management was the most popular major” (Whitley). Similarly in the graphic novel, Sin City, wealth, power and status play an important in the dynamic of the environment. The main character, Marv, is a strong, athletic and lonely man has a personal vendetta against the most powerful man of Sin City, Cardinal Roark. The author, Frank Miller shines light on...
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Sex education is about informing students about sex so that they can make educated decisions when the time comes to have sex. Sex education helps students protect themselves from unintended pregnancies, STDs, and HIV/AIDS. Students should leave a sex education course with the right tools so they make informed decisions about their sexual health and well-being. The goal of sex education is to provide a student with as much information as possible so that they can use the skills they learned in class for the rest of their lives.
However, for some time now, sex education has been a hot button issue in the United States. The debate is over which form of sex education is best for...
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Looming shadows fall starkly across rain-slick streets. A door chain jiggles because a very bad man wants to come in and hurt someone. Hookers pull guns from their garter belts. Tough, tough talk comes from bruised lips that dangle cigarettes and spit blood.The villians are unspeakably evil. The heroes are compromised and overmatched. The city is filled with corruption but the country is even worse.In "Sin City," two of today's greatest stylists join forces in an audacious synthesis of graphic novel and movie. It has the logic of a nightmare. It is movie-making pared down to the essentials Pauline Kael once saw on an Italian movie poster: "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang."It is intentionally shocking...
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Usually when you turn on the television, pick up a daily newspaper or weekly magazine; there is some controversary over same-sex marriage. The political storm over marriage is now intensifying as gay couples flock to their local town hall or courthouse. It's hard to believe that the San Francisco's mayor took the matter in his own hands and started issuing marriage license and then marrying the gay and lesbians on the steps of the courthouse, even though it is illegal to do so in most states. (Kanaley). Men and women traveled miles to get a chance to become married life long partners in what maybe the first steps of trying to get the United States Constitution Amendment changed allowing the...
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A mockingbird is a harmless bird that makes the world more pleasant. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the mockingbird symbolizes Boo Radley and Tom Robinson, who were both peaceful people who never did any harm. To kill or harm them would be a sin. Scout's father, Atticus, tells Scout and Jem, "I'd rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."(p.69)The mockingbird symbolizes these two characters because it does not have its own song. Whereas, the blue jay is loud and obnoxious, the mockingbird only sings other birds' songs. Therefore, the mockingbird...
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The controversy over same sex marriages has been highly debated over the last ten years. While arguments against it stem from the concern for the "safe-haven" of the family, the moral implications of homosexuality, and the government's interest in encouraging procreation, there have been steps taken to make these unions legal. The United States is slowly being forced to admit that the restriction on homosexual marriages is a biased and outdated practice.Among the many arguments against gay marriages is the belief that they somehow adversely affect the sanctity and safe-haven of the family. However, it has been proven many times that gender does not constitute parental ability. Also,...
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The construction of gender is based on the division of humanity to man and woman. This is impossible ontologically speaking; because the humans are not divided, thus gender is merely an imaginary realm. It only exist in the language exercises, and the way that cultural products are conceived in them. This essay is a preliminary attempt to offer an analysis of ‘One Is Not Born a Woman’ by Wittig and ‘The Second Sex’ by Simone De Beauvoir holds on the language usage contribution to the creation of genders and the imagined femininity.
Through the society imaginations of genders, the society character can be depicted and captured in this imagery. This virtual representation, the study of an...
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Advertisement is thought to be the foundation and economic lifeblood of the mass media, and the primary purpose of the mass media is to sell audiences to advertisers. The 130 billion advertising industry is a powerful educational force not only in the United States. For example, the average American is exposed to over 1500 ads a day and will spend 1 1/2 years of his or her life watching TV-commercials. Ads sell a great deal more than products. They sell values, images and concepts of success and worth, love, sexuality, popularity and normalcy. Although ads sometimes seem to be trivial, their cumulative effect my be serious. This fact is nicely demonstrated by the "Farrah-effect": males who...
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Morality of Premarital Sex by Religiosity and Generation
Premarital sex is an issue that most teenagers and young couples face as they enter new phases of their relationship. The purpose of this study is to determine if there is a correlation between acceptance of sexual relations before marriage and religiosity or generation. This study is a cross-sectional, secondary analysis of the variables PREMARSX, RELPERSN, and COHORT (which was recoded into three generation categories), which were extracted from the 1998 General Social Survey (GSS). Data analysis of the three variables was performed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) 10.0,...
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The new industrial society has made a big impact on the changes of human’s way of thinking. Compared to thirty years ago, people’s lifestyle nowadays is more direct to self- satisfaction. In the 70’s, a lot of people were reluctant to fulfill their own desires because they were afraid of the judgments which came from the close- minded generations. Time flies and things have changed. In the 21st century, we have become to emphasize on the “self” and lift off the weight of society’s judgments. As people start to move toward their complacency, they are more open to what is used to be considered as taboo such as premarital sex. Sexual activity has always been a basic need to human beings. Not...
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Perhaps it is not a big surprise to many to discover that youths as young as fourteen have shown involvement in premarital sex in these past few years, considering that it has almost become a norm in the modern society. According to the Asia News Network, every day that goes by shows four teenagers aborting their fetuses', another two giving birth and an additional two learning that they are suffering from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Based on research carried out in the last five years, approximately 1500 teenagers underwent abortions, 840 of them gave birth and more than 600 of them were diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases every year, indicating the large number of...
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“I never found myself needing that piece of paper,” is a remark actor Johnny Depp made back in 2010 about his relationship with longtime partner Vanessa Paradis. Depp and Paradis have been in a relationship since 1998 and have two children together, Lily Rose and Jack. Another member of Hollywood’s elite, Latin singer Shakira, shares a similar view saying that marriage is like a contract, and that is unromantic. However, celebrities living like Shakira and Depp are also committing fornication and already view themselves as being married; the marriage is just not official. This draws comparisons to Ernest Gaines’ novel 'A Lesson Before Dying'. Two of the novel’s main characters, Grant and...
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Sexually active teenagers, in America, are a significant problem that we should be concerned about. A question that teenagers everywhere think about is when to have sex. Many different religions instruct us to wait until one is in a loving marriage to have sex. Not only are religious leaders preaching abstinence, but now public schools are also teaching students on the advantages of abstinence. Premarital sex is a growing, and important issue. Premarital sex is usually the cause of sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, and deep emotions of regret.Sexually transmitted diseases are very likely in a society of premarital sex, where teens have many sex partners. A direct result of this,...
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In our society today, many people are very concern about the sexual activities of our young adolescent. Adolescent are having premarital-sex with out using contraceptives, or abstaining from the act, which are putting them at such high risk.In our society, confronting and managing our own sexuality is difficult for many adolescent. Our religious and cultural heritage has had a strong direct influence on our knowledge, beliefs, and attitude on our sexual behavior. Teenagers need to take into account what are some of the consequences of becoming sexually active. Some teens do not realize that being sexual active mean being responsible and that sex is not a game and something to be experiment...
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Pregnant GirlsNowadays, teenagers' premarital pregnancy is becoming a widely concerned problem throughout the world. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, there are 4 in 10 girls become pregnant before the age of 20-over 900,000 teen pregnancies in the US annually-and about 40 percent of mothers are under 18 years old. This is a significant number to show that teen pregnancy has become an epidemic, and we need to pay more attention to it. There are three causes leading to teen pregnancy, namely education, peer pressure and family.First, schools don't have enough sex education for students. Teenagers in their adolescence are eager to learn about sex, but teachers often...
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Contraceptives and the Teenage User
For years now a debate has been ongoing concerning teenagers and contraceptives. Some argue that giving contraceptives or even allowing teenagers to purchase them only encourages premarital sex. This attitude, however, denies the simple fact that premarital sex in adolescents has been common throughout the ages. It occurred before effective contraceptives were available, it occurs now despite the well publicized existence of untreatable and deadly diseases like AIDS, and it will continue regardless of public policies restricting access to contraceptives. I believe that to deny teenagers access to every available means of protecting themselves...
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Introduction: A Rising Trend.Abstinence among teenagers has been on the rise and has been for quite a while. I couldn't help but wonder what specific reasons young adults had to put off sexual intercourse. Everyone has very different opinions and feelingson sex; usually it's an amalgamation of the opinions of parents, peers, etc. Today, young adults all over the United States are becoming more and more enlightened and aware of the world around them. The free love of yesteryear is gone and has been replaced with more responsibility and long term thoughts and goals. It's very dangerous out there; it seems like common sense that people would want to protect themselves against the various...
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Pre-Marital SexPremarital sex is a huge problem in society today. People everywhere are not waiting until they get married to have sex. People having sex today are not aware of the consequences that come with having sex. They just think it is fun and there are nothing other than fun comes with having sex.Some people tend to have a lot of sex. They say they do it for the satisfaction. They believe sex is fun. It is perceived to be a great thing from the time one is young. Going to elementary school kids always talked about the day they were going to have sex. They looked forward to it. Where they got the idea that sex was such a great thing is a question that one must ask? The movies, maybe....
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Abstinence: To chose or not to choose? Many teenagers just don't understand the responsibilities that go along with being sexually active, they don't even think about them. But maybe they should sit back and think before taking part. People should not be having sex just to have it, but because they are in love. The only time premarital sex may be okay is in the boundaries of a loving, trusting relationship. Other wise you will most likely regret it when you get older. There is so much feeling that goes into being sexually active most teenagers wouldn't even be able to handle the emotional stress that gets added to the relationship after engaging in intercourse. The person's...
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The question of premarital chastity has ensnared the minds of young people in the past and continues to do so with modern teens. Chastity by definition is “the state or quality of being chaste or pure” (261). Why should people result to such archaic practices as abstinence when modern times offer multiple ways to prevent unwanted pregnancies? Many options are available such as contraceptive devices, birth control pills, and abortion; however, along with the fact that these methods are not one-hundred percent effective, they are also accompanied by many physical side effects. Not only is chastity a superior idea for a person’s health, it is also beneficial concerning emotional well-being....
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The controversy over premarital sex has never been more profound than it is today. The very mention of the word brings forth radically different reactions. At one time, the very subject of sex was taboo, and then the sexual revolution was introduced as a time when people were unrestrained and open to explore their sexuality. Today, many have become so inordinately apprehensive about sexually related diseases that they perceive premarital sex as totally foolhardy. I am of the opinion that the decision to engage in premarital sex should not be condemned by either faction. The ultimate determination is a totally personal decision that must be thoroughly contemplated with...
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Homosexuality Is Wrong
Within the past several years gay and lesbian rights has become a huge issue. Gays and lesbians have started to come out of the ''closet," and proudly admitting their sexuality. In the past few years gays and lesbians have been fighting for the right to marry, and adopt children. So far there is only one state that allows gays to become married. People have become more and more open minded with homosexuality. Twenty years ago homosexuality was looked down upon (in general), but now our society thinks that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality. Our nation has started to move away from God, this is why people think that homosexuality is all right. If...
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According to research done by Williams (2007) the majority of premarital counseling today is offered through churches. Some churches require couples to participate in some type of counseling that uses skill-base programs that incorporate scriptural guidelines before getting married. Couples also encounter other forms of premarital counseling such as: premarital counseling with clergy, engaged encounter, mentor couples, and day-long workshops.
The most common premarital counseling within a church is for the couple to meet privately with a clergy person this is known as premarital counseling with clergy. The clergy decides the number of meetings the couple has to go through. For...
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The divorce rate is declining (figure 1. Trend in Crude Divorce Rate and the Probability of Dissolution). According to research conducted at the BYU Family Studies Center, an increase in the number of first marriages contracted over age 22 has made a major contribution to marital stability and thus the declining divorce rate (figure 2. Probability of Disruption by Age at Marriage). Most of the negative effects of marriage age occur in the teens and early twenties.However, after age 22 the relationship between age at marriage and marital dissolution is not large. Thus, while increasing the age at marriage from 18 to 22 improves marital stability, increasing the age from 22 to 30 would not...
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Almost every child and parent understand, and fear, what is commonly known as the dreaded “Talk” or even the “Sex Talk”, which is practically a traumatic right of passage through adolescence. This is an experience that often confuses both parent and child, as the parent tries to teach the extremely sensitive subject as painlessly as possible, and the child generally is either curious, indifferent, thoroughly embarrassed, or a combination thereof. To make matters more stressful, how the information is...
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Divorces between married couples has adapted to the American lifestyle. Americans debate every year on the best way to lower divorce rates, but instead of reaching a level ground more disputes occur. Divorce rates have reached an extreme high in America through the current times. Divorce harms the family’s mental being, not just the couple, but also the children that are being separated. While, successful marriages have extremely excellent benefits for the couples and also the children. Law reforms in the marriage system are essential to lower the extremely high divorce rates in America. The current Louisiana state covenant...
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What is Love?In today's society, love is most often thought of as a romantic feeling between two people. However, it also exists between friends, relatives, and other people. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 clearly states what love is.1 Corinthians says that love keeps no record of wrongs. This doesn't mean, however, that someone who misbehaves often can't earn a bad reputation. A good example of this is mark Twain's character Tom Sawyer. Though Aunt Polly always forgave him for the bad things he had done, she still remembered them and he was often accused when there was trouble in their house. When someone asks for forgiveness from God, he not only forgives, but also forgets his or her sin, and it...
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Upon all cultures, the most significant is sex education that is considered to be the nourishing criterion for the continuity of the human race. In my opinion, sex education is an essential necessitate that organizes the human civilized sexual features, conserve ones sexual orientation of his/her individuality uniqueness which is a fundamental requirement to oppose traditional social strains.The ordinary way that youngsters obtain the comprehension of sex education is through their guardians, advisors, academic curricula, and public alerting movements. The reason why people study sex education is because they see its major role in reducing diminishing inappropriate attitudes like...
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Cause and Effect Essay - Christianity Causes Divorce
“Bible Belt Couples ‘Put Asunder’ More,” the New York Times proclaimed on May 21 of this year: “The divorce rate in many parts of the Bible Belt is roughly 50% above the national average.” So much for the notion that secularism is to blame for the decline of traditional families, among other frequently lamented social ills. Apparently, in a least a few states, the divorce rate correlates to an excess of piety, not the absence of it.
What do we make of this amusing correlation? I doubt that religiosity directly causes divorce, but in some cases it may cause marriage, by condemning premarital sex and cohabitation as sinful; and...
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Alfred C. Kinsey is regarded as the first major figure in the research of human sexuality, more specifically masturbation. Kinsey was groundbreaking in his research on sexuality and made it possible to talk about sex. In the early 2000s, masturbation has become more accepted for both males and females yet there is still a stigma about discussing it openly (Wells, 2006). Societies and Cultures views on masturbation have changed over time and vary depending on who you are, where you are from, and the family you grew up in. Religious views on masturbation are more rigid and unchanging, unless the religion itself changes.
While the bible talks about premarital sex, adultery, and sexuality,...
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1. What values does your character most cherish? What values does your character reject?
Caliban rejects the Eurocentric values that were both imposed upon him and exploited him as a slave. Caliban rejects the Elizabethan belief of a social positioning of a rigid hierarchy that is dictated by birth. These race and power inequalities affect the “rightful” ownership of one’s tangible and emotional properties. Caliban’s nature and race therefore make him inferior to intruders into his world. These visitors impose Western values and beliefs that exist to reduce his own values to barbaric violence. Caliban values ownership and rights to that ownership. Caliban’s very first speech proves that...
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"My biggest regret is..." We have all, at one time or another, heard and even uttered these words as we reflect upon our lives thus far. While everyone has things in their lives that they would like to go back and change, we are often aware of the fact that this is not possible. Let me tell you about a young woman I know. Jenny had remained a virgin and had not dated at all until her senior year at Newport High School when she met Brad, the most incredible guy who, to her, was a dream come true. After a few months of steady dating, she finally gave in to Brad's appeal for sex. It was her first time, yet she became pregnant. Upon informing him of this fact, Jenny was promptly and left alone...
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Women as Victims in the Media
One interesting aspect of murder is the way it is portrayed in different forms of media. In particular the way female murder victims have been portrayed over time reflects the social norms of the period. Focusing on the way murdered females were portrayed in various forms of media, beginning in the late eighteenth century in the United States and ending with the present day representations in film it is evident that a traditional style of portraying dead women has continued to pervade society through the twentieth century.
Stories, either fictional or based on actual events, began around 1800 portraying women victims as young, unmarried,...
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What is Premarital Counseling?
Premarital Counseling is defined as a type of therapy that helps couples prepare for marriage and it is often provided by a licensed therapist. Therapist is known as a marriage or family therapist. There are also the options of seeking counseling through your religious institution if that works better for you and your future spouse (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2013) .
How to prepare for Premarital Counseling?
When embarking on any new venture in your life you need to follow steps that lead up to that instant, so below is a checklist that you and your future spouse should follow in order to secure that you’ve chosen the right individual help in...
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Sex Education in Schools: Abstinence-Only Programs
Teenage sexual activity is a major problem confronting the nation and has led to a rising incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and teenage pregnancy. The existence of HIV/AIDS has given a sense of urgency to the topic of sex education. The issue of sex education in schools especially in the formative years has been a subject of intense debate among parents, school officials, health scientists and religious authorities worldwide for a considerable period of time. The debate centers on comprehensive sex education versus abstinence-only sex education in school. Abstinence only sex education is a sex education model that...
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Tuesday, January 7,1997 CONDOM DISTRIBUTION IN SCHOOLS CONDONESPROMISCUITY AND INCREASES TEEN PREGNANCIESA majority of high schools in the United States do not distribute condoms to students.Those few schools that do provide condoms state their reason that in doing so, they will safelydecrease the number of teen pregnancies and cases of sexually transmitted diseases. But ifstudents are exposed to condom distribution, they will get the idea that premarital sex is okay,and will do it without consideration. Statistics showing the condom failure rate turn the belief ofreducing teen pregnancies around. Distributing condoms in schools condones promiscuity andincreases teen...
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Concepts of virginity can been seen in all aspects of life, from movies, to books, to even religion. This wide-reaching topic has created many controversies and opinions worldwide. So what exactly is virginity? A person, whether a male or female, is believed to be a virgin, when he or she has not engaged in coitus. However, the value of one’s virginity differs depending on location and a culture’s religion. The perception of virginity also differs depending on gender. In females, virginity has been associated with purity, honor, and worth, whereas virginity in males is often pictured as a “conquest”. Virginity is a subject filled with issues of morality, religion, culture, and gender...
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Teenage Rebellion: A Characteristic of the Average AdolescentTeenage rebellion is an observable fact among adolescents throughout the globe ranging from ages twelve to nineteen. It is in the life cycle of adolescence that teens begin to try to demonstrate their mature status and gain autonomy over their lives. The fact that teens are not yet adults often causes them to "act out" (engage in delinquent behavior) in order to show that they are capable of making decisions for themselves rather than letting mom and dad do it for them. "Delinquency increases from early adolescence to mid-adolescence and declines sharply by late adolescence." (Mullan, Duncan 2002) This reckless behavior is...
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The scene is the same in Christian youth groups across denominational lines. The youth leader holds up the object of a purity--an unmangled rose, a paper clip with elegant and manufactured curves. Cue the entrance of sexual sin and shame--greedy fingers disfiguring the frail flower, violent grip bending the paper clip beyond repair. The leader explains that sexual sin is the one thing that harms you irreversibly, that makes you ‘damaged goods,’ that could ruin your relationships and spiritual journey for the rest of your life. Christendom is a key influencer in US culture surrounding sexuality of young people. The methods of educating youth in mainline protestant denominations on their...
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It is clear to see that men and women are very different physically. This can be determined by weight, shape, size and anatomy. It is these physical differences that have advantageous functions for both persons as well as survival importance. However, the psychological differences tend to be less obvious, but are profoundly important as they show how men and women respond differently to a variety of situations and how men and women act differently in relationships between friends, between their children, and between each other.
To begin with, men have much more testosterone than women, which accounts for the aggression that they have when it comes to activities such as sports in which...
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Seduction in John Donne's The Flea
Poetry is not only a brilliant form of expression, but also a powerful tool for persuasion. The renowned metaphysical poet John Donne uses the genre for this very purpose in “The Flea,” a work in which he encourages a young woman to have premarital sex with him. Donne backs his argument by referring to a flea that has sucked his own blood as well as his lover’s. In the first stanza Donne assures the woman that sleeping together would be a minor act. When he says “How little that which thou deniest me is” he promises the woman that the act would be as miniscule as the flea is in size (1.2). Also, by using the word “deniest” he tries...
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John Donne: Love, Spirituality, and SexWhen looking up the definition of love there are too many definitions to state, but to fall in love is a whole other subject. To fall in love: to become enamored of or sexually attracted to another is the Webster's definition. In John Donne's poems this seems to be the case. In "The Flea," Donne expresses his wish to bed his beloved in a subtle way. He mixes spirituality and sex into one as he expresses his wishes through an outside source: the flea. While sex is in his mind, he goes onto say it is not just that, that brings electricity in "The Ecstasy." While sex is a big part, two souls and the connection between them is sometimes stronger. While both...
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In the film Circle of Friends there are many different types of relationships that occur throughout the movie involving Sternberg's eight types of love. Firstly, Nan and Simon have a relationship that is based on infatuation and physical arousal. Simon displays no concrete form of commitment and he demonstrates this when he states that he would only marry a wealthy woman. Simon impregnates Nan, and when she tells him that she is pregnant he responds immediately by saying "it's awful, it's terrible". Simon then tells Nan that she should get an abortion in England. Nan also has a relationship in the movie with her parents. The love displayed by Nan's parents is ultimately agape love, but her...
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The Complexity of Sex in a Complex Culture
Sex is a universal irony. Modern society is bombarded by sexual images yet the definition of sex is much more hidden. The words "sex," "love making, and "sexual relations" may be perceived differently from one person to the next. Sex is an abstract word, difficult to define because of a taboo in America against publicly discussing the issue. Thus, because the topic of sex is discussed among friends privately more often than publicly, a certain personal language evolves among individuals when discussing sex. When sexual language is used publicly ambiguities are developed. Culture also plays a key role in how specific...
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August 27, 2002The Sins of the Puritans"In Adam's fall, we sinned all."(Hall, 1)This quote from the New England primer much pertains to Nathaniel Hawthorne's characters in The Scarlet Letter. The Puritans were a people dedicated to improving themselves according to a certain set of principles that were exclusively Puritan. On the personal level, a Puritan would struggle to reach perfection by living out this system of values. If they did not succeed, as in Hester or Arthur Dimmesdale's cases, their retribution would be in the fact that they did not live up to the perfection in which they strived. Hester Prynne, Arthur Dimmesdale, Roger Chillingworth, and the Puritan society characterized by...