Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Red Sex Blue Sex

The “sexual début” of an evangelical girl typically occurs just after she turns sixteen. Photograph by Mary Ellen Mark.

"Social liberals in the country’s “blue states” tend to support sex education and are not particularly troubled by the idea that many teen-agers have sex before marriage, but would regard a teen-age daughter’s pregnancy as devastating news. And the social conservatives in “red states” generally advocate abstinence-only education and denounce sex before marriage, but are relatively unruffled if a teen-ager becomes pregnant, as long as she doesn’t choose to have an abortion."

The quote is from a recent New Yorker article looking in greater detail at the reaction of many delegates at the Republican Convention to the news that Bristol Palin was pregnant.

1 comment:

  1. When I was 16 social conservatives were against sex education and flipped out about a teenage girl getting pregnant. Anything to keep it quiet and abortion was illegal. I don't know for sure but I think social liberals were for sex education, but at the time there was no question that it would be presented in school. They were less shocked by teenage pregnancy, and for abortion. Whatever.