Abstinence: = Not doing something.
For purposes of this unit, obviously the something is "Sex"
Absolute Abstinence = NO sexual activity = the ONLY 100% way to ensure
against unwanted pregnancy and you will not get a sexually transmitted disease
Relative abstinence, a term keyed a few years ago, basically means you are not
having sexual intercourse but you are participating in sexual activity (such as
partner masturbation or oral sex). You will not get a person pregnant this way
(unless semen somehow gets into the vagina), but you can spread Sexually
Let's face it though.....Sex is fun. Sex feels good (usually). Sex is a blessing.
Sex is a gift. However, there is a time and place for it.
United States culture has 4 distinct personalities: Main Stream culture, Pop
Culture, Religious Culture:, and other culture's culture
Going backwards, some cultures believe that once a girl turns 16, they are ready
to be married and start having babies. Some cultures still have arranged
marriages. The United States faces many different cultures influencing their
beliefs and sometimes, this happens.
In regards to religion, the 3 main Mono-theistic (one god) religions, Islam,
Christianity and Judaism, teach to weight until marriage to have sexual relations.
However, when marriage should occur is a different story. In recent years, there
has been an increase in Christian teen "promises" to Abstain from sex until
Pop Culture teaches the exact opposite..Teens today are BOMBARDED with the
message that you should have sex, be sexually active or act "Sexy".
Advertisements, types of popular clothes, music, videos, television shows and
movies all send the message that SEX and sexual activity is the thing to do! Plus,
you should do it with as many people as possible (depending on the source of the
Mainstream culture generally teaches that young people should wait until they are
finished school and have a job before having sex BUT, if they are going to have
sex, to do it with one partner and to use "protection".
Basically, in summary, the cultural influences that come into the United States may
shape our nation's perception of when to have sex. The 3 "main" Religious groups
generally teach to wait until marriage, pop culture teaches not to wait at all, and
main stream culture teaches to wait until you're a mature adult but if you're going
to do it, do it safely.
How to apply this on your own life:
1) First choice = Abstinence! Wait to Have sex.
2) Set your sexual limitations BEFORE you get into a hot and heavy relationship.
Know what you will allow and what you will say NO to
3) Don't put yourself in unsafe situations where someone may try to hurt or rape
4) Don't out yourself in private situations where hormones take over and it's hard
See "relationships" section below about "love"
See Dating Violence
See notes handouts and websites for more
Abstinence: A hard choice Handout = Hope Pregnancy Center
Abstinence and Contraception powerpoint = Mr. Corabi
Abstinence MP3 = Glencoe Health
intimacy cards = Mr. Corabi
To do or not to do class "answers" last updated January 2019
= Corabi's classes
101 ways to say no to sex and Reason to be abstinent "posters"
(the regular paper versions of the health posters in class) = Mr. Corabi
WEBSITES and Web Based activities
to promote Comprehension, Enrichment and Remediation
ME TOO MOVEMENT
RESOURCES: Worth the wait....Teens and sex? = WebMD
Article + Audio: Virginity, a personal decision = Teen Health
VIDEO: SEX! Real Talk about choosing to lose your virginity = Well Cast
ARTICLE: Teens are delaying having Sex = Heath Day
January 2018 based on CDC's YRBS
Teen Sex, Abstinence, and Contraception overview = AVERT
Activities on Abstinence, Relationships = Glencoe Health
Sex and drugs =AVERT
LAWS concerning sexual activity
WHAT IS CONSENT AND WHEN CAN IT BE GIVEN
(not including age)
PA AGE OF CONSENT INFOGRAPHIC = PCAR
SEX LAWS in every state = Sex Etc.
ARTICLE: Consent is more than yes and no = Shelsea Rodriguez 17,
spring 2017 from Sext etc
WHAT CONSENT LOOKS LIKE AND DOESN'T = AVERT
VIDEO: World wide age of consent = naked science
Age of Consent youngest and oldest = Age of consent.net
Age of Consent around the World Map and List = Age of Consent.net
Detailed Sexual Laws for PA =
PA General Assembly (chapter 31)
ARTICLE: Consensual acts of Sex ILLEGAL in PA even for adults = statelawsfindlaw.com
(Bestiality or ZooPhile laws = Wikipedia)
ARTICLE: Sex survey in college at USC = Campus Reform posted Jan 2016
Lawrence vs Texas Ruling = Wikipedia
Sodomy law = Wikipedia
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