I was listening to As It Happens on public radio this evening at work. I heard an interview with Alexander McKay.
He was talking about research done on sexual behavior and society. He mentioned various data and how they compare between countries.
One particular fact was quite interesting and confirmed similar data I’ve seen. In countries with more relaxed attitudes about sexuality, there are lower rates of teen pregnancies. A possible explanation he gave is that kids in those societies feel more open to ask questions and seek out help.
What this reminded me of is the data that shows countries where abortion is legal have the lowest rates of abortion. It’s similar reasoning. A society that is more liberal about sexuality is more likely to provide more high quality sex education and high quality health care. Kids in those societies will have better acces to both info and contraception. Informing kids is important because how can we expect kids to act responsibly if we force them to act out of ignorance.
Since sex education has increased in developed countries, the rates of teen pregnancies and STDs has decreased. However, studies have shown abstinence only sex education to be a complete failure.
Here is an article Mr. McKay wrote:
“Trends in teen pregnancy in Canada with comparisons to U.S.A. and England/Wales”