Friday, August 22, 2008

Hot, Wet Teens Define "Hot" and "Wet" Differently from Adults

Abstinence-only programs don't work. We all knew that, but a University of Washington study is trying to find out why. They're saying that adults and teens define abstinence differently.

The researchers propose an "escalator theory," saying that once teens start thinking about abstinence, it makes them aware of sex, and their awareness of sex leads to them having sex. I'm not sure if it's arguing that we're just never supposed to tell teenagers about sex ever, or what. I guess that we could just start telling teenagers that bras are supposed to serve the same purpose as road flares, or something.

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