Abstinence


Most US high school students have never had sex

Carolyn Moynihan | 11 May 2012

A report from the federal health monitoring agency, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), brings the news that births to teenagers aged 15-19 are down by 44 per cent on 1990.


So this is what they mean by “comprehensive sex education”?

Carolyn Moynihan | 18 November 2011
The New York Times yesterday published a preview of a weekend magazine article called “Teaching Good Sex” -- a long and detailed account of how one teacher, with full support from his elite school, is promoting sexual pleasure as a goal for 17-year-olds and even younger teenagers.

Kids can do abstinence, data shows

Carolyn Moynihan | 19 May 2011
A report from the US government in March indicates that nearly half of all 15 to 19 year olds have never been sexually active.

Teach girls to say “no” - British MP

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 May 2011
When Conservative MP Nadine Dorries introduced a private member’s bill last week calling for all schoolgirls aged 13 to 16 to be given lessons in how to say “no”, you would have expected a good response. But another MP called it "daft".

Most teens are not sexually active

Carolyn Moynihan | 06 October 2010
I was inclined not to read a press release about new research on the sexual behaviour of Americans until my eye fell on the word “adolescents” and then “abstaining”, so I skipped to that part.

Abstinence education: breaking into the Chinese market

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 September 2010
There is an interesting alignment of seemingly quite different stars in China: Christian-inspired abstinence education and official population policy.

Waiting makes the heart grow fonder

Carolyn Moynihan | 23 August 2010
It is always gratifying when research coincides with common sense and everyday experience, as in the case of a new study showing that a relationship in which sexual intimacy is delayed is more likely to endure.

Love and Fidelity movement spreads in US colleges

Carolyn Moynihan | 21 April 2010
CNN has run a story on the movement among college students to shun the hook-up culture prevalent on campuses and encourage dating and abstinence.

The Jupiter concedes abstinence ed can work

Carolyn Moynihan | 09 February 2010
The New York Times editors have had to eat their recent words dismissing abstinence education as a “narrow, ineffective and fundamentally dishonest approach” not worthy of federal funding or, by implication, any funding whatsoever.

Abstinence education: study proves it works

Carolyn Moynihan | 02 February 2010
Big news today on the sexuality education front: solid evidence from a federally funded United States study that a programme limited to an abstinence message can significantly reduce the onset of sexual activity among young adolescents.

Abstinence, yes, but what about marriage?

Carolyn Moynihan | 28 August 2009
The abstinence-until-marriage movement in the United States has been a positive and courageous response to the sexual revolution. As the basis for sex education it has met with determined opposition because of adult scepticism, and probably dislike of the very idea of abstinence. Now a sociologist who is also an Evangelical Christian is suggesting another reason for reviewing the way Christians promote abstinence.
 

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