Young Teen Sex: Hottest New Pop Culture Concern (1/05)

What the girls (and guys) don’t realize is that they are getting more than they bargained for… The hottest new pop culture topic is “young teen” sex. People magazine has a special report, NBC News aired a special…, and CNN’s Paula Zahn is featuring special interviews on the topic… It’s about time people got concerned. Roughly 20 percent (depending on the poll) of young teens (13-16 years) are sexually active and that doesn’t include the large number of young teens who don’t think that oral sex is really sex. Polls indicate that 12 percent of young teens have had oral sex. However, only 15 percent of parents say that their young teen is engaged in sexual activity beyond kissing while nearly 30 percent of teens admit going there. And, all that talk about “safe” sex and condom training? According to the People/NBC poll, only 67 percent of young teens having sex say that they use a condom every time. In fact the People article begins with the story of a 14-year-old who has had two recent “pregnancy scares”: the first because “the condom broke” and the second because of a “heat-of-the-moment” encounter. Even scarier: The Centers for Disease Control report that chlamydia, herpes and HPV have increased among 10 to 19 year olds. The current lingo is “friends with benefits,” where the “guys get the pleasure” without commitment and the girls “are willing to give them that.” What the girls (and guys) don’t realize is that they are getting more than they bargained for. Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician in Traverse City, Michigan, spoke at the Educational Policy conference...