Posts tagged with: Human sexual behavior

Sex education versus abstinence only education

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I am a Christian woman.
I support waiting to have sex until a person is married.
HOWEVER, I know the majority of people do not believe the way that I do.
I fully believe in educating the majority – those who choose to have sex outside of marriage.

My long-term goal is to go into HIV/AID education prevention … internationally … in places where sex more often than not happens before, after, during and outside of marriage. I want to work in HIV/AIDS prevention with communities and cultures where condoms are taboo. I want to work with women who feel as though they have no say in their own sex life. I want to educate these women on the fact that they have a choice. They can fight.

I recently watched The Education of Shelby Knox on NetFlix (onDemand … oh how I love thee!) and connected so deeply to Shelby’s motivations and goals that I would like to meet her in person to speak with her, to hug her, to offer her my full support as a woman a decade older than her. This week’s goal is to find a way to reach her and let her know that I fully support the works she is involved in to see what else I can do to further the mission that we both share. One of the quotes, from the movie (that I stayed up until 1am to finish!) that clearly resonated was: “God cannot use blind followers.” My eyes are open wide, and I hope that yours will be, too.

Just because I am a Christian woman does not mean that I believe you can’t TEACH sexual education. Abstinence only education does not work – it has been proven time and time again. Abstinence education ALONG with condom and other forms of birth control use on the other on hand has been shown to reduce teen pregnancy, reduce the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs), but still, it is rarely taught within the public education system. This needs to change.

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Blocking women’s healthcare access

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After reading an article about the government being able to block access to women’s health care that a friend pointed me to, I am honestly at a loss for words. I can’t get over what the Bush administration thinks they can get away with.

Why the outrage? A new possible law “… would require that any health care entity that receives federal financing — whether it’s a physician in private practice, a hospital or a state government — certify in writing that none of its employees are required to assist in any way with medical services they find objectionable.”

Excuse me?

No. I read that right. If my doctor doesn’t want to prescribe birth control pills, insert an IUD, or even talk to me about sexual practices, she wouldn’t have to. I went to her for health advice, but since I’m not married and want to talk sex, she is legally protected in telling me “I can’t help you.” Speechless, I tell you.

What about the women who can’t afford to go find another doctor who is willing to talk to them? What about the doctors who are willing to talk to you and then have schedules so filled you can’t get in for three months? What about emergency contraception for rape victims. WHAT ABOUT THE PATIENTS? While I understand that doctors have consciences, they agreed to “do no harm” to a patient. Mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically, not providing women with safe options, is harmful. Things don’t mesh.

I would love to wax eloquent with my anger towards the balls of the Bush administration, but I can’t; I’m that enraged. What are they thinking? Really? Seriously?

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