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Sociological Imagination [Jessica, Whitney, Lindsay]


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Sociological Imagination [Jessica, Whitney, Lindsay]

  1. 1. Sex Education:Helping or Hurting Our Youth?<br />
  2. 2. ¾ of one million teens between 15 and 19 become pregnant each year<br />Out of all teen pregnancies 82% are unintended<br />2/3 of teen pregnancies occur among teens 18-19 years old<br />Black females have the highest pregnancy rate<br />Teens who become pregnant are less likely to attend college<br />Scary Statistics for All Americans<br />
  3. 3. “We do know when we saw the big decline in the 90’s, that a lot of it was due to the improved contraceptive use among teens” - Larry Finer(Director for Guttmacher’s Domestic Research)<br />
  4. 4. Since the late 1990’s $1.3 billion has been given to abstinence only programs backed by many social conservatives who oppose teaching contraceptive methods.<br />Because of the teen pregnancy rise in 2006 the Obama administration eliminated spending for abstinence only programs.<br />The new focus is funds for pregnancy prevention education. They still teach abstinence along with “medically accurate and age-appropriate” information.<br />Abstinence Only Programs vs Contraceptive Programs<br />
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  6. 6. The internet can have positive and negative effects on sexual health<br />A national survey of kids 10-17 who regularly used the internet had encountered unwanted porn<br />The Word “Sex” is the Most Popular Searched Term of Today<br />Sex and the Media<br />
  7. 7. Depictions of intercourse, suggestive or explicit, occurred in one in every ten television programs<br />Adolescence ages 13-15 ranked mass media 4th behind parents, friends, and school when asked where they learned the most about sex<br />More and more shows are popping up on different television stations about teen pregnancies, reality and scripted<br />
  8. 8. 1. Mississippi<br />2. Texas<br />3. Arizona<br />4. Arkansas<br />5. New Mexico<br />6. Georgia<br />7. Louisiana<br />8. Nevada<br />9. Alabama<br />10. Oklahoma<br />Top Ten States for Live Births:Women Ages 15-19<br />
  9. 9. France, Germany, and The Netherlands show more contraceptive and condom use in Europe<br />Higher rates of sexually transmitted disease, abortion, pregnancy, and birth was reported for teen mothers in the US<br />Our teen pregnancy rates are 4 times higher than Germany or France<br />Teen Pregnancy in the US vs the Rest of the World<br />
  10. 10. “They are far more open to discussing sex… than in the US” he says. “There is a cultural norm that teen pregnancy interferes with your future career. That is really, really clear.”- James Wagoner (The President of the Advocates for Youth) <br />