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Teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely to use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do, according to a study released today.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28415602/

Dammit! I knew I shouldn't have taken that pledge.
 
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The first girl I schtooked was a devout Catholic girl and virgin who took one of those lame pledges...on the first date to boot...and...yup...no contraceptives.

Hormones > Religion.
 

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I just read about this on Fark.com. :thumbup:
 

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I wonder how much funding the study required to determine this shocking revelation. The solution is clearly to put more money in abstinence education.
 

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Interesting, I just read something on the subgroup of the pledgers. Here's the link.

Personally, I don't think sex ed impacts a person's likelihood to have sex. We can keep abstinance only programs or have them include all contraceptives under the sun, but it wouldn't change anything. What constitutes a person's sexual activity boils down to family & culture.
 

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Personally, I don't think sex ed impacts a person's likelihood to have sex.
What we need to take away from this study is that abstinence education is worse than just ineffective: it's harmful, resulting in more kids having unsafe sex.

After all, a boy who has sworn to be abstinent isn't going to be carrying condoms in his wallet.

In my, um, personal experience, the best way for a teen to avoid sex is to be a nerd. Whether you want it or not, you lack the social skills.

More science education for our kids!
 
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