oh it’s opening time down on fascination street so let’s cut the conversation and get out for a bit because i feel it all fading and paling and i’m begging to drag you down with me to kick the last nail in yeah! i like you in that like i like you to scream but if you open your mouth then i can’t be responsible for quite what goes in or to care what comes out so just pull on your hair just pull on your pout and let’s move to the beat like we know that it’s over if you slip going under slip over my shoulder so just pull on your face just pull on your feet and let’s hit opening time down on fascination street
The Dutch could teach American parents a thing or two about the birds and the bees — namely, the virtues of respect and acceptance of teenage sexuality. I just stumbled across a fascinating study (via Sociological Images) that compares these divergent cultural attitudes toward doing the nasty (which, by the way, is much less likely to be cast as “nasty” or “dirty” in the Netherlands). The report, “Sex, Love, and Autonomy in the Teenage Sleepover” by sociologist Amy Schalet, spills plenty of ink describing the forbidding and fearful American view of premarital teen sex that is all too familiar to most of us stateside. It’s her description of parental attitudes in the Netherlands that really surprises, though.
The upshot of all this? Dutch teens are giving birth left and right and plagued by STDs! Oh, no, wait — the truth is actually the opposite of that. “In 2007, births to American teens (ages fifteen to nineteen) were eight times as high as in the Netherlands,” reports Schalet, and the Netherlands generally whoops on the states in terms of STD rates, too. What’s more, “it also appears that having sex outside of the context of monogamous romantic relationships isn’t as common among Dutch adolescents, especially older ones, as among their American counterparts.”
To hell with your ridiculous abstinence-only, prohibitive education.
i’ve been griping about how bad the schools are up North so Laurentian’s mention in this article amused me. like you really need to lobby for more money. i have first-hand knowledge that your Neuroscience department has funded research on paranormal activity and even worse, given money to students to buy weed so they could do EEG’s on themselves and their friends while under the influence (yeah, like that was the primary use for it). fuck off. give the money to someone who deserves it you bunch of hacks.