By Philip Gibert
Sex. The most taboo topic that America fails to address coherently and head on with REAL TALK about the issues that really matter. Although many parents, teachers, and even students fear talking about it, we are at the point where, it’s not only time for parents to have “The Talk” with children, but America to join in with the conversation as well.
I recently attended the Xi Rho chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. “Light’s Out!” discussion on sex. The program highlighted various questions and concerns about sex. Held in a lecture room, the lights were turned off and people talked amongst each, other not knowing who said what. I believe that discussion formats such as these are creative outlets that are much needed on college campuses and schools throughout the country. It really doesn’t matter whether the discussion is about safe sex or even abstinence; the idea is to keep young adults from falling in the traps of teenage pregnancy and medical complications. People who try to combat the need for these types of informational discussions really fail to see how valuable these discussions can be.
Teen pregnancy has become a staple now in our culture as the rate has skyrocketed and is even glorified in shows such as “Teen Mom” and “16 & Pregnant”. There used to be a time where for young girls, being pregnant was seen as a scarlet letter for the whole world to see. You would hear stories of abandonment and shame from family, which I know scared many of my friends, mostly me. Now shows like “The Maury Polvich Show” make in my opinion, derogatory and stereotypical terms such as “Baby Mama” and ”Baby Daddy” popular in our culture. Women screaming “I’m 120% positive that he’s my baby’s daddy” and running off stage crying after their 6th tested male proves not to be the father is not the example we should be setting for our young women.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections (STD/STI) have also been on the rise for young people in the recent years. Misconceptions and false ideas about sex have made the knowledge about STD’s and STI’s limited. So when young adults engage in these risky behaviors without knowing how to protect themselves or practice abstinence, the cycle of transmitting diseases through different partners perpetuates/continues. If only our young people were more educated about the ways that these disease and infections were transmitted or prevented, we wouldn’t have so many people going to clinic every day asking for tests.
At the end of the day, young people are our future and they hold the key to shaping what/how the world will be. We can’t uplift and uphold these standards that young teenagers are withstanding now. We must take action whether it’s outlets like “Light’s Out!” or even just an open discussion with your doctor about sex. The world just needs to realize that sex is a normal part of life and that educating our youth about it right now is the best decision, before it’s too late.