- “Sex can be really great and can be really fun! …There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself. It’s your body. You choose what you do, when you do it, and how and with whom.” (Page 7)
- “Some people choose to have sex when they have been drinking alcohol or using drugs. This is your choice.” (Page 12)
- “Your local family planning clinic can help you create a plan – whether it is for having children safely, preventing or terminating unplanned pregnancies, or figuring out how to start a family if you are single or in a same-sex relationship.” (Page 13)
- “You should find out whether there are any centers near to you where you can go WITHOUT NEEDING THE PERMISSION OF YOUR PARENTS OR GUARDIANS.” (Page 16)
To target girls ages 10-14 with such a graphic document only gives them ample information that isn't coming from a parent. Even tho the document is 'targeted' to those with HIV the information in the document is still saying "Sex is anything you want it to be at anytime". No boundaries, no talk of marital intimacy and no guidelines of discussion with parents about sexuality.
This young generation is already inundated with sexual situations, images and expectations from all forms of media. Girls today feel a pressure to "be something" they aren't ready to be just to be a part of the IN crowd or the IN image. TV shows with pregnant teenagers, bi-sexuality is praised & highlighted in almost every main stream teenage marketed series. Music artists (i think that word is up for grabs) like Lady Gaga, Kesha, 303 and many more are making money of "hit" songs that encourage sexuality, party and a "DO WHAT YOU WANT" mindset with your body.
Weekly i see, hear & observe teenage culture from ages 10-20. What i see is confusion, concern and almost a loss of anything innocent by the time kids are pre-teens. What i see is this generation developing at a pace set for them by everything external from their home and its forcing them to be someone they aren't ready to do. Physically, mentally, spiritually, sexually these teens are going through changes they don't get & understand.
This is where Parents need to step up and be Parents. Parents need to draw strong boundaries on what their kids can and cannot be a part of. Parents need to model what is healthy & acceptable. This does mean Parents will be fighting an uphill battle called MAINSTREAM. This is why i desire to lead a youth ministry that'll team with parents to help them let their kid succeed.
This isn't a Planned Parenthood bash...this is a culture bash! It isn't a SEX IS JUST FOR MARRIAGE rant...it is a issue of seeing & hearing from SOOOO many students who experience sex & sexual situations cause of pressure from whats around them and have to live with regret. It's hearing stories of young women who have an abortion and deal with a life time of depression and issues because of it.
It is a rant about living life with a standard that we can't set for ourselves but only by looking into why we exist and what our Creator destined us for.