Monday, May 7, 2012

This Is What We're Doing to Keep Teens From Having Sex Now

Posted By on Mon, May 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

While as a parent, on some level, I appreciate nearly anything that frightens young people into keeping their pants on, stupid analogies aren't going to ever work. Oh, sex is like a glass of water with nasty chewed up food in it? Then I'm sure hormone-fueled young people certainly won't be interested.

A Boulder mother says she's concerned that a Boulder Valley School District abstinence presenter is sending girls the wrong message, equating sexual activity with being dirty.

Laura Binegar said she became concerned after her daughter detailed a recent presentation on abstinence given in her health education class at Southern Hills Middle School. Her daughter described an activity where students spit food into water glasses, then were asked if they would rather drink from a clean glass or a dirty one....

The presenter, Brad Seng, said the student appears to have misconstrued the talk.

[...]

The water glass activity, he said, is a way to engage students. He said students drink the water while eating a snack and mixing some of their snack in the water. Then they exchange glasses. He asks them to drink the water, prompting students to say, "No, it looks nasty."

"It's a way to show them that, if they decide to be sexually active outside of a long-term committed relationship, they're putting themselves at risk," he said.

To be fair, Seng has responded to the controversy on his website. It's still a dumb idea, however.

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