A Modesty Proposal
This chapter focuses on the debate over sex education and whether it promotes teenage sex. The liberals argue that we should concentrate on preventing pregnancy and venereal disease by giving teens sex education, birth control, even counseling to help them “manage sex responsibly” and “have good relationships.” They assure us that giving out contraceptives “tends to make youngsters less promiscuous and not more promiscuous.” Conservatives, on the other hand, blather on about the need to provide kids with moral values. They want schools to give lectures on chastity. This chapter suggests an alternative strategy it calls “benign terrorism,” which aims to make the very idea of sex so frightening that no sane teenager could enjoy it, and offers twelve ways of implementing it.
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