Teenage Sex and Pregnancy: Modern Myths, Unsexy Realities

Teenage Sex and Pregnancy: Modern Myths, Unsexy Realities

Teenage Sex and Pregnancy: Modern Myths, Unsexy Realities

Teenage Sex and Pregnancy: Modern Myths, Unsexy Realities

Synopsis

This detailed, exhaustively documented account shows how and why just about everyone in today's teen pregnancy debate is wrong—often disastrously so. Teenage Sex and Pregnancy: Modern Myths, Unsexy Realities presents a unique view of its subject by analyzing the extensive myths and fears that surround discussion of teenage sex and pregnancy, including their relationship to popular culture, poverty, adult sexual behaviors, and anxieties toward the increasingly public roles of young women. Award-winning author Mike Males argues that today's discussions rely largely on falsehoods and the suppression of crucial realities. His work details a new view of popular culture as a largely beneficial feature of teens' lives and presents a carefully documented analysis demolishing destructive myths about the "new girl." Debunking popular arguments, he shows that the "teen sex" debate is mired in interest-group talking points that ignore difficult realities to advance politically attuned agendas. It's time, he writes, to modernize the discussion, recognizing that teens act in ways consistent with their interests, with the sexual behaviors of adults, and with the school and job opportunities afforded them.

Excerpt

Mike Males is angry and he is not afraid to express it. He is angry that society seems to have bought into the relentless hype that teens are oversexed and that they engage in irresponsible sex. In contesting this point of view, the award-winning author presents compelling arguments and backs up his points with solid references from reliable sources. His passion for his subject figuratively jumps off the pages of his book.

In chapter after chapter, Males takes on the charge that teens are into debauchery, promiscuity, sexual pathology, and early pregnancy, among other accusations. As a media psychologist and sexologist myself who understands that television today is driven by a good debate, Males is perfect for the fight. After years of surveys published about the subject, it strikes me that professionals and the public are never too sure about the exact statistics concerning teen sexuality and also that results are constantly interpreted with contradictory implications—that youth sexual behavior and pregnancy rates are getting more out of control, or that they have leveled off, or that they have, at best, shown trends toward improvement. Males takes on this rollercoaster with conviction. As such, he makes a very important contribution to the field of sexuality—and to culture today!

I am no stranger to the controversy over whether youth are too wild and sexual. As a radio call-in advice host for over two decades, I have had thousands of young people call me with their sexual questions, which I included in chapters on “hooking up,” “giving it up,” and wondering “am I a freak?” in my book, Generation Sex: America’s Hottest Sex Therapist Answers the Hottest . . .

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