I freak out whenever I see girls these days looking like women. But there they are. Twelve going on 21.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2007), by the time they’re high school seniors, 66% of girls report they’ve had intercourse. Over a quarter of girls aged 15 to 19 who first had sex when they were younger than 15 have had seven or more partners (The National Center for Health Statistics).
Not really a news day, as it is more a woman known as a sex symbol teaching us a thing or two about how we should respect intimacy. (Sidenote: I also love her notion that children don’t need to impede a woman’s career, but instead can ground her in reality and maturity).
Here’s a great essay by Golden Globe-winning film, TV and stage actress Raquel Welch on the state of sexuality among girls (dare I say, women) these days.
Margaret Sanger opened the first American family-planning clinic in 1916, and nothing would be the same again. Since then the growing proliferation of birth control methods has had an awesome effect on both sexes and led to a sea change in moral values. And as I’ve grown older over the past five decades — from 1960 to 2010 — and lived through this revolutionary period in female sexuality, I’ve seen how it has altered American society — for better or worse. Read more…
How do you feel about the state of sex in America? If you have a daughter, what will you teach her and when (how young is too young for her to be introduced to this topic)? Leave a comment and let me know.