Friday, 23 July 2010

83% of UK girls have lost their virginity by age of 18

Depressing numbers for a Friday morning:

The first survey of its kind found that 83 per cent of girls have lost their virginity by this age and 18 per cent of these youngsters have been pregnant at least once.

About half chose to keep their babies and more than a third had an abortion, according to the Government survey.

Worryingly, more than 1,300 18-year-old girls have been pregnant three times.

The average Briton in the 16 to 24 age group has already had nine sexual partners.

Of course images like this, or this, or this do not in any way encourage the hypersexualization of young girls.
Having sex advice columns in magazines geared to teenagers also has nothing to do teen girls feeling like they need to jump into bed with every hormonally charged teenage boy who crosses their path.
A popular tv show like "Gossip Girl" featuring a threesome as part of a "must-do" college experience does not make kids feel like they are on the outside if they are not experimenting with their sexuality.
Teaching kids that sex is ok as long as they use protection (because then it has like zero consequences) has absolutely nothing to do with the explosion in girls who are putting themselves out for the taking.

Let's not fool ourselves; teenagers have always been having sex. However, there was a time when this was something to be ashamed of - not something you would be writing to a magazine about. There was a time when parents (who were generally married to each other) impressed on their kids the importance of waiting and the enormity of the consequences if they did not. Society has removed all incentives for kids to wait to have sex. Promiscuity is rewarded. If you get pregnant you can have an abortion. If you have the baby you can get benefits. If you have another baby you can get more benefits. If you're lucky enough to get pregnant by a footballer you can make a fortune. Emotional scars? What emotional scars? Generation BecauseI'mWorthIt does what it wants, when it wants, with no consequences. And society lets them.