Singapore youth scorn abstinence

This topic seems to have reared its head again and I refer to a previous article posted on 31st July 2006…

Surely a better policy would be to promote ‘abstinence’ with younger children but with teenagers who may already be sexually active promote safe-sex. To assume that teenagers and young people are a single group that can be approached with one singular campaign denies the activities and attitudes of different cohorts in the target community.[…]

Singapore youth scorn abstinence

Singapore (dpa) – Youths in Singapore are fed up with campaigns promoting sexual abstinence, a published survey said Monday.

Among 16 sexuality topics, two-thirds of 1,383 secondary school students ranked “building healthy relationships with the opposite sex” as the top priority.

Commitment to abstinence from premarital sex ranked 12th, according to the findings in The Straits Times.

The survey showed that 81.9 per cent of students had not spoken to any adult about intimate issues, and 17.8 per cent said they perceive adults to be awkward in dealing with the subject of sex.

“The abstinence message could be harmful despite its good intentions because it doesn’t reflect reality,” Bernise Ang, founder of the Singapore International Youth Council, was quoted as saying.

A 15-year-old student said, “You hear it once, then when the next person tells you not to have premarital sex, you can practically repeat everything.”

With the message clearly needing updating, the Health Promotion Board is using peer influence to promote a healthy lifestyle, including refraining from promiscuous sex.

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One Response to Singapore youth scorn abstinence

  1. I actually CHEER when a govt initiative eventually fails. And ALL state-created initiatives aimed at PROHIBITING certain behaviours fail.


    Because free markets are spontaneous orders, and are demand driven. Free markets also have an “energy” about them that struggles to be “free” from any attempts to “control or regulate the market”.

    Don’t believe me? I’ll prove it:

    The Govt has prohibited murder, theft, fraud and rape. Agree? Good.

    But these crimes still occur. How’s that?

    Simple, because in the “market” (in any market) for murder, theft, fraud and rape, individuals act because the choose to — in what they ALONE believe to be their own self-interest.

    Does that mean we should not have security like police and the criminal justice system? Of course not. But take note: “justice” is done AFTER the crime has occurred. Justice itself cannot prevent crime from ever occurring.

    However the fact remains — prohibition is a sure-fail way to solve any problem — LONG TERM.

    Unfortunately, even though govt initiatives eventually fail — and I for one CHEER VERY LOUDLY when that happens — when the initiatives are put into effect, the FREEDOM and LIBERTY of the Individual is chipped away, a little more.

    Many of us, now full grown adults were fucking when we we in high school. And now we are parents and responsible, productive and peaceful citizens.

    I’m not saying that having sex AS a minor is a “good” or “bad” thing. I’ll leave that to the Absolute Moralists of the church and of the state. Maybe they can be buddies, yet again, and come fuck with our freedom, yet again, and try, try, try again to manipulate the country and the world by GUILT.

    As long as parents don’t give a shit about their kids, and wholeheartedly allow the state to fuck with their children’s minds, instead of being TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE for the upbringing of their kids, then the society is going to have more and more government interference in the lives of individuals and their families

    Examples of FAILED ATTEMPTS at Prohibition and Regulation of “Victimless Crimes” and “Anti Social” Behaviour (feel free to add to the list):

    • Campaign against abortion
    • Campaign in the 70’s “Stop At Two”
    • Campaign to stop people littering and spitting, and pissing in lifts.
    • Campaign to wipe out drug abuse and trafficking
    • Campaign against males with long hair in the 60’s and 70’s
    • The dismal failure at attempting to control expression of opinion and freedom of speech… in the age of the internet.
    • Dumb busy-body/cry-baby moralising FemiNazis trying to outlaw prostitution.
    • Attempt by the MOE to ensure that kid receives an “education”

    ….and so on

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