Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012 6:07:08 AM
America-home to the free, the brave, and the blossoming flower of sexual education. No longer do we live in those dark times devoid of any form of sexual teachings. No longer do we live in utter indifference towards lewd and indecent acts committed by teens. Instead, we live in a country dominated by higher authority, authority that blesses posterity with its gentle admonitions and positively counsels the youth with its passionate discourse on abstinence.
The role of education can never be overestimated; good education breeds less babies. As time continues to run along at its merry pace, subsequent generations of children are maturing and developing higher levels of critical thinking at earlier ages. This surge in emphasis on education serves as the foundation, the root, and the centripetal force that quells the raging hormones that could potentially inflict damage on the immaculate virginity of many innocent and young individuals. It is the catalyst for more contraceptive use, better decision making skills, weakening of interest in premature physical intimacies, the list simply goes on.
However, to fully accredit education with the decline in teenage promiscuity is simply wrong and frustratingly myopic. Behind the scenes, the force in authority-the one pulling the strings-is none other than society itself. Society has provided a fostering environment where education can thrive and be used to combat the evils of teen lechery. And how is that so? Imagine observing a pretty and young teen girl happily traversing along the street with a seemingly untarnished reputation; then proceed to imagine the intrinsic sensations of revulsion and abhorrence as you notice that cursed bump on her belly that marks the blackening of sexual immorality. Society has influenced popular sentiment and values, and the stereotypical portrait of the young mother has proven to elicit unsympathetic responses. As citizens, we are programmed to shun and openly display our disapproval towards these lowly creatures.
And that is why nowadays, hesitation to engage among the youth population has been pivotal to this phenomenon of decline. Adolescents are often times wary of their social standing; if pregnancy is tantamount to isolation and ignominy, they will often reconsider their resolve to create new life, ultimately in order to stay on society’s good side. All teenagers are students and peers at the same school, and society essentially works as the school counselor, guiding young ones to the next “Stage of Life” without incident.
The declining birth rates, thus, cannot be attributed to an individual, or even a group of individuals, but rather all individuals that contribute to this popular wave of anti-teen-pregnancy sentiment that overwhelms even the strongest of sexual temptations. It is a calm wave that contributes to the clear waters of education and healthy sexual ideologies. Perhaps, a piece of the text got cut off when Descartes said “I think, therefore I am”. Perhaps there was more to it. Perhaps, it was truly meant to say “I think, therefore I am not pregnant”.