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Aggressive_Ad_2140 t1_j2cya7a wrote

Yes, but don't mistake correlation to cause. Would make more sense it is related to social status or upbringing.


SquidDrive t1_j2da0cv wrote

Hmmm I wonder with all that dating violence, Texan might need some medical care.


440then420 t1_j2dczi9 wrote

Dating violence and non- contraception use sounds like the two main bullet points of date rape.


Sculptasquad t1_j2dhcc6 wrote

>higher noncontraception use

Do you mean lower contraception use?


ninelilypetals t1_j2dkuec wrote

A few years ago I did a Masters paper on American sex education. Data out of Texas was shocking. Texas' 'preferred' lesson plan is abstinence-only. Texas holds the record for the most MULTIPLE teen pregnancies. Think of the short time window that a person is a teen and now cram two or more kids in that window while STILL not knowing where babies come from.

Texas textbooks have to be approved by a school board (think conservative parents) and have historically downplayed the effectiveness of contraceptives in an attempt to discourage teens from having sex, but actually end up encouraging teens to not use them at all since they're 'not effective'. A change was passed in 2020 that went into effect this past August, so the ripple effects are yet to be seen. the article even quotes the influence of these boards - "Textbook companies look to Texas to set their standards for the rest of the country because we are such a large textbook purchaser,” Dr. Rayne said. “So it’s not just a Texas issue. We have to consider the way the Texas State Board of Education policy is impacting education on a national level.”

This ignorance also affects the STD rates among teens. For my paper found a study that stated 2/3 of students not only engaged in sex, but also regularly engaged in oral & anal. That paper worked off the premise that the teens were looking to avoid pregnancy but ended up not only contracting STDs at a high frequency but also contracting them multiple times (lesson never learned).

An then the lovely cherry on top is that Texas ranks among the lowest per capita for insured citizens. So, not only have they been aggressively shutting down affordable locations such as Planned Parenthood, they also don't offer many affordable options leaving new mothers or infected individuals with hospital and treatment bills.


Texas is not a safe place to raise a child.


snowstorm556 t1_j2dt0y3 wrote

Republicans don’t like birth control age of consent is like 16 most places. there needs to be things in place for teenagers that want birth control whose parent’s wont let them when they turn 16. If they can consent to a life altering decision they should be able to get contraceptive.


Ph0T0n_Catcher t1_j2e5r0w wrote

Wait, they're allowed to beat women still? Thought it was just the Bibles.


texasmuppet t1_j2encsq wrote

My sample size is working at a movie theater as a teenager in Texas circa 2010 and being the only one who’d had good sex education. Years later I am deeply saddened by the friends I had there who didn’t even understand at the time that they were being sexually assaulted in their interaction with dudes because horrible behavior by grown ass men as well as their peers was so normalized.


SaintGalentine t1_j2et627 wrote

The staye of sexual wellness in the South is truly depressing. I grew up in MA, one of the best states for education and children, and our public school covered anatomy and abusive relationships in both middle and high school. (There wasn't really any talk on contraceptives, though) I now teach in the South, and there are laws on the books that specifically state that public school teachers must emphasize "abstinence until marriage" and materials explaining the mechanics of same-sex activity are essentially banned. Our district, the largest in the state, makes it an optional unit that can only be taught in the 7th grade science curriculum.


mdielmann t1_j2eu6qz wrote

Well, age of consent in Texas is 17, I'm pretty sure people under 17 are still having sex, and I'd prefer those who could get pregnant from rape have unfettered access to contraceptives, as well.


SaintGalentine t1_j2exwlp wrote

Is explaining a penis entering a vagina also telling students how to? Teachers don't want minor students involved in sexual activity, but we're trying to prepare them for what they might see outside of school, especially since some are unfortunately already at that point.

Schools are for building foundational life skills and (hopefully) correcting misinformation students encounter. I'd rather students get a factual explanation from a teacher than learn from tiktok or porn, which most middle school-age students have already been exposed to. There's more lgbt youth than ever, and way too many think that since they can't get pregnant, there's no need for precautions or can't be abused.


RonPMexico t1_j2eyml6 wrote

I agree with you. I was talking about those ignorant bigots who think a school should teach math, reading, and science. Clearly, schools are already doing so well with those subjects they have time for extra stuff. There are some backward mouth breathers out there who believe sex should be taught by parents even though it's uncomfortable and yucky.


Commercial-Life-9998 t1_j2f1hjm wrote

Women on contraceptives have some rational forethought about sex and they are reminded every day when they take their pill: watch out don’t let sex destroy your life.


infiniteanomaly t1_j2f69h5 wrote

It's a bit older (2005) but there's an interesting documentary centered around a teen in Lubbock, TX who advocated for comprehensive sex ed. It's called "The Education of Shelby Knox".


RonPMexico t1_j2f9v05 wrote

Yeah, just the "mechanics" I get it. My point was in agreement with the other commenter. We both think the "mechanics" of blowjobs and anal sex should be included in public schools. I think you agree with me. It's the public schools job to teach kids about a very intimate personal thing like sex and not parents.


heresyforfunnprofit t1_j2fglhy wrote

>Think of the short time window that a person is a teen and now cram two or more kids in that window while STILL not knowing where babies come from. people really believe that modern teens don't know how babies are made?


TekkDub t1_j2fmkpy wrote

Not true. Governor Abbott deleted all of the rapists in Texas a few years ago.


EmilyU1F984 t1_j2fra5g wrote

Nah. They know porn. But peer to peer education is massively lacking in getting across facts.

They really do not know how pregnancy happens. They believe all the old wives tales about preventing pregnancy.

These are the people doing coke douches cause some other idiot told them, instead of getting plan b


Dirttinator t1_j2ftswh wrote

God BLESS America the greatest country on this planet


leenpaws t1_j2fupk1 wrote

so, is texas just one big trailer park?