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Sexuality is one of the most important factors in one person's life. It comes when a person is a teenager, and it comes all at once. The bad part is that, with this new factor in a person's life, that person decides whether or not he or she can have sex. And to be truthful, it's not really that good. Teenage sex is detrimental to a person's health, both mentally and physically; therefore, America's society needs to focus on abstinence until age 18.

Teens go through many changes, including physical changes; however, some teens may be physically ready for sexual intercourse than others. These physical changes are called puberty, which affects girls differently than boys. In girls, the pituitary gland creates hormones which create estrogen; in guys, testosterone is created. Puberty doesn't occur until around ages eight to thirteen for girls and ten to fifteen for guys. The different changes that a teenager goes through will tell if they are physically ready. Both sexes grow taller, but guys also have body changes such as their shoulders widening, a more muscular body shape, voice deepens, lengthening and widening of the penis, and enlargement of the testes. In girls, they get a curvier shape, breast development, weight gain, and their first menstruation period. Those are just a few physical changes a teenager goes through, but those are not the only changes (Dowshen NP).

There are more changes, especially emotional changes, to know if a teen is really ready for sex. Through puberty, a teenager will feel emotions they previously had never really felt before. A teenager may feel sensitive about his or her own body. They may feel overly sensitive or become easily upset; they may lose their tempers more often than others. Teens may have confusing feelings about sex. They may feel funny or weird when they talk about it. Other teens can talk about it freely without any worries (Dowshen NP). Many teens are physically ready before they are emotionally ready, but the emotional readiness is much more important (Ponton 263).

One of the most important physical consequences of teen sex is STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). Four million teens contract an STD each year (Friedman 761). Sexual intercourse of any type - vaginal, anal, or oral - can end up transmitting a disease (Ponton 263). Having sex at a young age, having a lot of sexual partners, and having unprotected sex are some factors that will increase a teen's chances of getting an STD (Vranken NP). It's also good to know some of the side effects and other information of STDs. Some have few symptoms, like Chlamydia, and some, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and HPV, have worse. There are STDs that can be cured, such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea, but there are also some STDs that cannot, like herpes and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) which leads to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) (Homeier NP). Although it is one of the most important physical consequences, there is one other one that could change your life even more.

Another big consequence of having sex is pregnancy. A third of young U.S. girls become pregnant before age 20. 80% of them are unmarried (Friedman 763). The U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy, birth, and abortion rates in the world ("Teen Pregnancy" NP). One big way that teen girls end their pregnancy is by abortion. Nearly 4 in 10 teen pregnancies end in abortion. However, since 1980, abortion rates among teens have decreased (Ponton 195). Even though a baby is a beautiful thing to happen to a family, it could also be disastrous.

There are so many responsibilities to parenting. When a teenager becomes a parent, they become responsible for the child physically, emotionally, and financially for the rest of their lives. Sometimes, they'll have it all figured out, and other times, they're worried and stressed. A teen needs a family to be stable. Teen pregnancies can bring a lot of emotional scars. It'll be a while for a teenager that he or she is a mother or father. No matter how good of a relationship the mother and father had, the father will probably leave. Though some may take on the responsibilities as a teen parent, there is still adoption, which many people overlook ("Teen Pregnancy" NP).

So what are the schools really teaching kids, that we're making these statistics? Only 35% of public school districts teach about abstinence until marriage (Streisand NP). However, virginity pledgers have the same rate of STDs as non-virginity pledgers (Friedman 767). 75% of parents want schools teaching about abstinence, birth control, abortion, how to use condoms, pressures to having sex, and emotional consequences. Students who get comprehensive sex education don't have sex earlier or more often and use safe sex more frequently. 51% of public schools teach abstinence, contraception, chastity and STDs, whereas 14% teach everything mentioned above, along with abortion, homosexuality, premarital sex, oral and anal sex, and masturbation. 88% of middle and high schoolers who pledge to stay virgins until marriage end up having premarital sex anyway (Streisand NP). There is still much more that could be taught to our kids so that they could make better choices.

So there you have it. At age 23, this doesn't seem really too bad, but when a 13-year-old is doing this, it is a very bad sign. The worst part is, that teenager might not even have a lot of knowledge about sex and the consequences, or if he or she is even ready to be doing it. Betsy Streisand of the U.S. and World Report states, "Teens given a good education can make good choices. If they are denied the education, they can't." (NP) This is absolutely true. The more the schools were to give out information, the less the amount of teens to make the bad decisions. But there would always be a few who bend the rules a bit. Just doing it so they can fit it and be cool, but really, what teenager carrying an eleven-month-old baby is cool?
Another old essay I want up here, just for archiving it.

This was tenth grade. Sorta old. I wanted this only because I might wanna do another speech on it in college. =p

Except by that time, people can do whatever they wanna. Lameeee. Oh well.

So... don't do it! =P
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angelbt54 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
what bull shit
MechaGanon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Student Writer
You're bull shit.
angelbt54 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
yeah you crazy fucks that are against sex really have it together hahahaha

kids are reaching puberty earlier than ever, denying them sex will just fuck them up;

sex is healthy especially if you are a teenager. it relieves tension and gives a young

person the opportunity to experiment with sex and to practice it.

take your virginity bullshit and shove it
MechaGanon Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Student Writer
You have so many logical holes that this argument isn't even worth my time.

Just because kids are reaching puberty earlier (mostly because of genetically modified foods and hormones and whatnot) does not mean they have to have sex. And denying them will not fuck them up at all, unless you have sufficient research to really back up that claim. I've known dozens of people who were virgins until college and never had any desire to have sex, or people who had sex early on and regretted it. So why, then, are they not fucked up? Weird. Not to mention that there's no psychological disorder somewhere in the DSM that follows from having no sex, nor does anyone suffer death from not having sex.

Also, I never said that sex wasn't healthy. In certain aspects, it is. But I believe I focused primarily on emotional pain and STDs/pregnancies. It is a fact that women suffer more emotional pain from sex than men do since sex is in a way an intimate connection between two people. Also, pregnancies need to stop, but that obviously won't happen. And really, a young person doesn't need any opportunities to experiment having sex. Why? Because sex is an innate behavior built into any animal, so when they need to reproduce, they'll know how to do it.

I hope you get someone pregnant and suffer a miscarriage.
angelbt54 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
you know you can spin it any way you want, I guess you are a 23 year old virgin. And at the
rate you are going you will never get laid. Statistics are nothing but original lies, you can
make then support any argument you have. SEX IS GOOD SEX IS HEALTHY and SEX IS ESPECIALLY GOOD
AND HEALTHY FOR TEENAGERS. That's what puberty is all about dim bulb. The ability to have SEX!
Waiting until you are some "magic" age is just a load of crap. Yeah people should avoid getting
pregnant and take care not to pass around exotic diseases. But, you know what, chances are slim
that some teenager "gurl" is gonna get pregnant, you can get a disease from sitting on a toilet
seat, so you go wrap yourself in a giant condom and don't have sex until you are fifty.
OH, and make sure you are married and it is hetero, the last thing we would want is for you
to go to hell
MechaGanon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Student Writer
If chances of girls getting pregnant is so slim, then why are high schools seeing so many more teen pregnancies today than they ever have in the past?
And if you get a disease from sitting on a toilet seat, why is it right to have "good sex" and spread that?
You're just a faggot pedo troll.
angelbt54 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
kiss my ass, you are just a PedoNazis, teen pregnancy rate has dropped dramatically, but of course,
you don't want facts to confuse you. sex is healthy and important to a persons psychological well
being. fascist assholes like you and the rest of the Christian pervert world have tried for
centuries to control people by dictating sexual prohibitions to them. who in the fuck is the pope
to be taking about sex? you are living in the dark ages ..
MechaGanon Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student Writer
Dropped dramatically up until 2005, when it started rising again.

PedoNazis? Facism? Dark Ages? Really? You're an immature, mentally handicapped moron.

I hope you know that you're claiming these as facts when you don't have any hard evidence that you're giving me. My paper in there actually had citations.

It's funny how you're judging me based on a research paper I wrote four years ago. But it's so easy to judge you based on all your trolly comments and your faggoty profile.
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enistoja Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
heh my essays weren't as informed or as well made as yours.
MechaGanon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Student Writer
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Oh damn!
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