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December 20, 2006

Well, Duh

It's not really news to anyone that the Bush administration has, over the last six years, be the topic Iraq or gettin' yer freak on, found ways to lose touch with the American people:

Most Americans, regardless of their political leanings, favor comprehensive sex education in schools over abstinence-only programs, researchers reported Monday.

Currently, the federal government champions the abstinence-only approach, giving around $170 million each year to states and community groups to teach just-say-no sex education. This funding precludes mention of birth control and condoms, unless itís to emphasize their failure rates.

Much as with a certain ongoing war, in which the bad guys have been on the run and corners are being turned, while thousands continue to die and George Bush holds onto the belief that if he really wishs super-duper hard he'll get that pony he wants for Christmas and peace in Iraq... the reality on the ground (and in our beds, and on our kitchen tables, and in the backseats of cars) is a little different:
More than nine out of 10 Americans, men and women alike, have had premarital sex, according to a new study. The high rates extend even to women born in the 1940s, challenging perceptions that people were more chaste in the past.

"This is reality-check research," said the study's author, Lawrence Finer. "Premarital sex is normal behavior for the vast majority of Americans, and has been for decades."

The vast majority of Americans, of course, have known this too. We're an odd society: we love sex and yet are uncomfortable with it. The broad influence of religion in America might have given us the Protestant Work Ethic, but it also gave us cognitive dissonance when it comes to wee-wees and hoohahs.

Naturally, some people - namely those that sleep in separate twin beds like Ricky and Lucy, all the time wondering why they can't make their own Ricky Jr. through some form of budding or mitosis or stork delivery - remain unconvinced:

However, Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America, a conservative group which strongly supports abstinence-only education, said she was skeptical of the findings.

"Any time I see numbers that high, I'm a little suspicious," she said. "The numbers are too pat."

It was four surveys of 38,000 people over the last 20 years, the majority of whom were women (although 5,000 men is also much more than enough for statistical validity if sampled properly).

My personal opinion is that society has long pressed women to be (or appear) more chaste than men, thus with 87% of the respondents being female, I'd be inclined to think the percentage that actually hooked up with Buster Hymen and the Penetrators is higher than reported (see: Americans are all wonky weird about sex).

I wonder if Ms. Crouse had sex before marriage. Someone should ask.-

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