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Saturday, June 03, 2006

Bending the rules

This article, from Slate, suggests some conservatives are bending the rules in order to receive federal funding to develop chastity-oriented sex-ed curricula for medical schools. Because doctors' education is definitely something that should be bent by ideology.

It immediately reminded me of another set of conservatives bending the rules around chastity: kids who “take the pledge” to remain virgins until marriage. As reported more than a year ago, kids who make virginity pledges wait barely longer than non-pledgers to pop their cherries but, in the meantime, they’re more likely to engage in oral and anal sex. And when they do lose it – almost always before marriage – they’re less likely to use condoms. Result: pledgers suffer exactly the same rate of STDs as their less repressed peers who are, in any case, only slightly quicker to unzipper.

So, yeah, teaching med students about chastity is a good idea, so long as what we’re teaching them is that chastity-only programs suck ...and also, apparently, take it in the ass.

But what I really want to know, the study didn’t cover: Which set of teens ends up being more fun in bed?

And, since we’re on the subject of bent rules and chastity, here’s a picture of Chastity Bono, who’s bent.

And here's a link to my favorite commentary on the chastity that isn't.


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