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+ Young Women’s Virginity in the United States Moira L + Essential Question: What are messages to young women in the US about remaining abstinent until marriage? How are these messages affecting young women? + The Abstinence-Only Education Connection What are young women learning about sexuality in school? + Abstinence-Only Education in the United States 204 million federal dollars in 2008 (Tamkins) 82% of Americans support “abstinence plus” health education (Valenti) ½ of Americans are opposed to abstinence-only education (Valenti) (YPFP) + Abstinence-Only Education in US Schools 80% of curriculum taught in abstinence-only classes contains false or misleading Study released by Archives of information (Valenti) Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in 2010 found two Before abstinence-only education was years after students received implemented in schools, there was a dramatic either abstinence-only decrease in teen pregnancy and more contraceptive use (Valenti) education or comprehensive sex ed: Classes often conclude with a virginity pledge Half of students that learned (Valenti) about safe sex were having Studies find that students who have sex after sex receiving abstinence-only education are less 1/3 of students that had likely to take appropriate measures to be safe during sexual activity (Valenti) abstinence-only education were having sex Federally funded abstinence-only programs Abstinence-only course in are expected to teach study emphasized delaying “a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage is sexual activity but did not the expected standard of sexual activity” discuss marriage or “sexual activity outside of the context of morality (Muir & Seigel) marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects” (Blank) Service & Community Based + Learning Planned Parenthood Teen Council Weekly meeting Comprehensive Sex-Ed Outreach and Awareness Projects Other Community Based Learning Riverdale Freshman Health Class Loretta Ross of SisterSong OB/GYN Interview + What’s Virginity to You? + Purity Pledge Efficacy Based on this information, do you think purity pledges are effective? Why? + Purity Pledge Do you feel that these promises are reasonable requests for most teenagers to follow? How do you feel about these ideals? + Toothpaste What do you think about the situation Jennifer was in? What do you think about the situation Christina was in? + Statistics How do you think abstinence-only education affects these STI rates? Knowing that it’s almost a 50/50 split between sexually active high schoolers, do you think that abstinence-only education is effective? How would you combat high STI rates? + My Conclusion Currently in the United States, many ideas used to promote the virginity of young women are inaccurate and dangerous, leading to messages about being abstinent finding little long-term success. Comprehensive sex education seems like a more realistic curriculum for teenagers in the United States. + Works Cited Blank, Hanne. Virgin: the Untouched History. New York: Bloomsbury USA, 2007. Print. This was the second book I read. I was directed to it from my first book. I read all of it but only the beginning and end were relevant to my EQ. The rest was good background knowledge though for me to have a more cohesive idea of how my topic has aged and changed. Muir, David, and Hanna Siegel. "New Study Says 'Abstinence Only' Works - ABC News."ABCNews.com: Breaking News, Politics, World News, Good Morning America, Exclusive Interviews - ABC News. Web. 18 Feb. 2011. Tamkins, Theresa. "Virginity Pledges Don't Mean Much, Study Says –CNN." Featured Articles from CNN. 30 Dec. 2008. Web. 30 Nov. 2010. This article was useful in providing me more information about how virginity pledges have been working. It also gave me more insight to how the government measures these programs. The information I took from this article has been useful. Valenti, Jessica. The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women. Berkeley, CA: Seal, 2009. Print. This was the first book/resource I read about my topic. I read all of it and found most very pertinent and interesting. This book also directed me to other sources and ideas to look up. It was a very useful source. "Virginity Pledge Doesn’t Stop Teen Sex." WebMD - Better Information. Better Health. Web. 18 Feb. 2011. "Watch Films : Toothpaste." Scenarios USA. Web. 18 Feb. 2011. + Thank you for your time Questions?
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