This article just floors me. "Oral sex lessons to cut rates of teenage pregnancy", says Exeter University in the UK.

Encouraging schoolchildren to experiment with oral sex could prove the most effective way of curbing teenage pregnancy rates, a government study has found.

Pupils under 16 who were taught to consider other forms of 'intimacy' such as oral sex were significantly less likely to engage in full intercourse, it was revealed.

Now an unpublished government-backed report reveals that a trial of the course has been a success. Schoolchildren, particularly girls, who received such training developed a 'more mature' response to sex.

The study by the National Foundation for Educational Research found youngsters were 'less likely to be sexually active' than peers who received traditional forms of sex education, dispelling the fears of family campaigners who believe such methods actually arouse the sexual interest of teenagers.

Does having oral sex not even count as being "sexually active" anymore? I've never bought into the idea that "oral sex is sex" just because it uses the word "sex" in the title, but c'mon, it's obviously sexual at the very least.

The whole idea here is totally bizarre. It's like suggesting that should kids start smoking to curb the obesity epidemic, or become alcoholics so they're too drunk to shoot heroin.

Isn't it possible that the best solution is for parents to control their children and carefully supervise their activities? The whole idea that "they'll just do it anyway" is crap, because they won't if you keep an eye on them, know their friends, spend time with them as a family, and provide a loving home.

I've worked with kids of all ages at my church; it's sad to see that some of the best ones come from some of the worst families, and to know that they're probably doomed to a life of misery because their parents are screw-ups. I really don't think it's hard to be a good parent, all it takes it time. I've read that most fathers spend less than 5 minutes a day with their kids, on average, and that's pathetic. With so many moms working, I doubt they get much more time in. It's no wonder kids are looking for "intimacy" through sex, when they can't get real intimacy at home from their family.

Sexual activities aren't "intimacy". They're a part of a certain kind of intimacy, but all alone they're just an illusion. We need to teach our kids what true love is, and what true intimacy means, not how to get each other off to slake their momentary lusts.

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