The Right Way To Teach Teens About Sex
Kids keep doing each other. Despite the warnings, the classes and all those wasted condom-covered bananas, the number of sexually active kids in the United States continues to rise so quickly and with such fervor that even a Trapper Keeper can't hide America's collective embarrassment. According to the CDC, more than 46 percent of high school students are sexually active and, in 2008, one in four teenage girls had an STD. Since then, that number has swelled. Parents and the media are scrambling for answers, eager to link the trend to music, texting, Facebook and any other cultural phenomenon they don't understand but privately distrust."Goddammit, you stay the hell away from my daughter!" And while future news stories will no doubt blame underage sex on universal remotes and Blu-ray players, I will continue to blame myself. I refuse to pass the buck because I know that I am at least partially responsible for this crisis. As the voice of a generation, I have probably done the most damage. I write about sex with such frequency and such recklessness that I am certain my words are responsible for at least 80 percent teens out there rubbing against each other. That is, until now. For the past month, I have devoted myself to hunting down at-risk kids on social networks and encouraging them to meet me in person so that we can have an honest chat about sex together. Below are just the first few teenagers I met, spoke with and hopefully touched. I am cleaning up this coital mess one heart and mind at a time.
CarrieI met Carrie on the teen dating website mylol.net. Judging by the comments she left on the other member pictures, she was either already having sex or at least keenly aware of its existence. "Dear MrtlArtist18, I am keenly aware of sex as a concept. Love, Carrie" Within minutes of starting up a conversation with her, she offered her Instant Message name, her phone number and her address. Even after I explained that I was a 28-year-old-man, she continued to flirt and drive the conversation hard toward sex. Sorenb: So that's the main difference between Chlamydia and gonorrhea.ExCarrieMental: Oooh! So what do you like in a girl?Sorenb:ExCarrieMental: Did I mention I'm a virgin? I think that I'd probably want to lose it to an older guy.Sorenb: No. No you don't.ExCarrieMental: I do. How did you lose your virginity?Sorenb: It's not important. Did I tell you about how you can get genital warts in your mouth?ExCarrieMental: It is! It is important! Just tell me.Sorenb: On the back of a horse.ExCarrieMental: You lost your virginity to a horse?Sorenb: On the