As a single woman, a media update from Guttmacher landed in my inbox today and elicited a “Hello Captain Obvious!” reaction from me; “Single Women Have Sex Too”. According to the census, there are over 1.3 million single women in the United States. The Guttmacher Institute acknowledges that these women are having sex, but are being unfairly educated with “abstinence-only” education. Something isn’t right here. Teenagers are having sex, single people are having sex, married people are having sex, but schools are still not educating people. I don’t understand. (Well, when I think about politics, I understand, but it still makes very little sense to me.)
“For the majority of adult women, living without a partner does not mean living without sex,” says study author Laura Lindberg. “Yet policymakers continue to promote policies that fly in the face of reality. By neglecting to teach our youth how to protect themselves against unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, we leave them ill prepared to become sexually healthy adults.”
While the topic, at first, seems distant from our regular discussions, I would be curious to see more research done on how the internet is doing the sexual educating that schools aren’t. I will be excited to see, later in my life, whether or not the single women of the next generation will be having safer sex due to their internet education.
Lindberg probably puts it best with that last quoted line – if our teenagers don’t learn how to have safe sex, how are future adults going to know how?