By Ron Hart
The CDC reported a sharp drop in the number of teenagers having sex. About 44% of teenage girls admitted to it, down from 51% in 1988, the good ole Clinton years.
Those who are having sex are using protection; teen births have plummeted 57% in the last thirty years. The popularity of the “morning-after pill” among women has doubled. They are also working on a morning-after pill for men–it changes your cell number the next morning.
Like most boys my age, I learned about sex the traditional way: trial and error. More credible information on the Internet and sex education in schools must be the reason for this good news. We Libertarians split with the social conservatives on this, and on their “abstinence only” approach. Consensual, educated and safe is the best way to go about sex, not ignorant and scared with hormones raging. Kids need facts from parents, educators and physicians, not judgment, scare tactics or guilt. An educated consumer of anything makes the product better; sex is no different.
In reverse Darwinism, smart kids are using birth control, the dumb ones are not. The result, too many kids are being born out of wedlock and in poverty who become government dependent. Democrats depend on this; it’s called their core voting block. That’s why they have no interest in making things better. Self-sufficient and smart folks do not vote for Democrats. Government perpetuates this by providing lavish social services and making the old “safety net,” into a safety hammock.
Tying the two together, I would think sexual appetites of men really plummets the more Democrat leader Debbie Wasserman Schultz is seen.
Kids are less likely today to be dating someone than our generation. Boys today watch unfiltered internet clips, and have a warped sense of sexual expectations. Ubiquitous porn has also created unrealistic views on the expected form of payment for a pizza delivery boy.
Sex has gotten a bad rap with liberals, who too often view it as tantamount to only male aggression. The left makes up stories like the Duke lacrosse and University of Virginia fraternity house fake rape cases, which fit their false narrative of “the war on women.” So kids are scared. How can sex possibly compare to receiving an early admissions letter to Vanderbilt?
Admittedly, creeps like Anthony Weiner and Bill Cosby have not helped. But society has ways to punish men for bad behavior. Cosby continues to get stripped of his honorary degrees, most recently by Brown University after Marquette and Fordham pulled their degrees. At this rate, pretty soon Bill Cosby will have to repeat junior high school.
The right might argue that kids having less sex is their “just say no” attitude. While there is always a religious reason why folks do not have sex, our society is increasingly secular. So that likely doesn’t explain it. My view is that the more libertine view of sex actually leads to smarter choices. Forbidding something makes kids want to do it more. It’s why Prohibition didn’t work. Tell me I shouldn’t do something, I want to do it more.
I warned my boy early about women. I made it clear that if he has a relationship with a girl that he could end up with a STD, or even worse, in a relationship.
Perhaps the rise in gay marriage, another cause libertarians championed, helps the whole sex thing. Gay marriage is just like regular marriage, except with a lot fewer arguments over who keeps leaving the toilet seat up.
I have always been confused with why the hard right is so consumed with not letting gays marry. Marriage means gays will have fewer sexual partners and lead less promiscuous lives. If are the religious right, and you do not like gay sex, what better way to almost bring it to a near halt, than by letting them marry?
All this is good news. Teen parenthood for girls 15 to 19 has gone from 84 per 1,000 in 1991, to 26 in 2013. Through education, not guilt and wives-tales, does this continue to improve. The internet and real discussions about children’s health and the dangers of STD’s will continue to make us make smarter choices.
Who knows what the future holds. Technology changes everything. A Japanese robot-manufacturer is working on one with an installed emotional circuitry board. So sex with a robot is in our future–and in the case of Tipper Gore, in her past.
(Ron Hart is a libertarian op-ed humorist columnist, author, and TV and radio commentator. He can be contacted at Ron@RonaldHart.com or RonaldHart.com.)