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home : opinion : columnists November 24, 2015

11/14/2012 3:09:00 PM
Teen sex is no plaything
Dear Editor,

Wow....what a perspective from a 20 year old young man. [Teens don't need to explore safe sex, Oct. 24.] When I was 20, I turned aside the 'traditional' values I was brought up with and decided that it was easier and more fun to live the libertine lifestyle....safe sex and all that jazz.

I even joined a rock band and lived the life of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll...I wanted what society told me I deserved. So what was the consequence? A broken marriage, affairs, children out of wedlock, a lot of pain and selfishness. I'm not proud of any of my actions during that time. And I've tried to make amends where I could and let God take care of the rest.

I bought into the "do it if it feels good for you' mentality and reaped its consequences.

After reading Bryce's [Leggett] response to Ms. Freeman, I went back to read her perspective and was amazed at the callousness and shallowness in which she treats sexuality. And of course she is adamant about getting rid of anything that promotes 'traditional' morality.

But let's use our ability to reason to consider the following:

Since the 60s and 70s when the 'Sexual Revolution' took place, and abortion and contraception and liberal sexual mores came into wide acceptance - is our society better or worse?

Are there more or less abortions? Since women could "only have children they wanted," is there more or less child abuse or abandonment? Has the caseload for Child Protective Services grown or shrunk? Are there more, or less cases of STDs among teens?

Are there more, or fewer, families with no father present in the house? Has poverty grown, or lessened? Has crime increased or decreased?  Are more people getting married, or are there less? Are youth more, or less, respectful of adults in general?

I leave it up to you to look up the stats, but I think most people would agree that overall, our families (and consequently our society) have suffered from treating our sexuality as a plaything, and not as a responsibility that requires wisdom and self-control.

Young responsible men like Bryce give me hope to fix problems that men like me helped create in our youth. Bryce, I stand with you.

A 50 year old man.

Daniel Quigley


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