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Posted by on Apr 15, 2007 in Health, Society | 21 comments

‘More Sex Please: We Are Americans!’

Research shows the US chastity programme, for which teenagers receive silver rings, has no influence on any future decision to have sex. Photograph: Jonathan Dyer/AP

Recent findings have undermined President George W. Bush’s ‘keep zipped up’ stance.

The Guardian reports: “It’s been a central plank of George Bush’s social policy: To stop teenagers having sex…The trouble is, new research suggests that it hasn’t worked. At all…

“More than $1bn of federal money has been spent on promoting abstinence since 1998 – posters printed, television adverts broadcast and entire education programmes devised for hundreds of thousands of girls and boys…

“Since his days as governor of Texas, George Bush has been a firm advocate of abstinence education programmes, which teach that keeping zipped up is the only certain way to avoid unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, and that to deviate from the norms of human sexual activity is to risk harmful psychological and physical effects.

” ‘Abstinence hasn’t been given a very good chance, but it’s worked when it’s tried. That’s for certain,’ ” he said.

“But even in 1990s Texas, where Mr Bush spent $10m a year on abstinence education, the state had the fifth highest teen pregnancy rate in the US. Over the past six years he has stepped up the programme to more than $100m a year.

“He recently braved ridicule by extending it to adults aged 20-29, an age range in which 90% of people are sexually active.”

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As President George Bush seems to be failing in implementing his policy stance – from sexual abstinence to Iraq war – may I suggest that he try the Hindu version of abstinence himself. The ‘ashrams’ (holy retreats) will welcome him.

“The Hindu tradition of Brahmacharya places great emphasis on abstinence as a way of harnessing the energy of body and mind towards the goal of spiritual realisation.

“In males, the semen (Veerja) is considered sacred and its preservation (except when used for procreation) and conversion into higher life energy (Ojas) is considered essential for the development of enhanced intellectual and spiritual capacities…”

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