Sexuality Paper

This essay has a total of 1105 words and 5 pages.


1. The two most important topics for a junior high sex education curriculum I think would
be abstinence and abortion. Teens these days are struggling in a world that tells us sex
is necessary for people who are dating. As a result, many teens give in to their desires
and the pressures and engage in sexual relationships. This occurs from early to late
adolescence and beyond. Supporting teens’ choices, schools teach “safe
sex.” In my school a group was brought in to demonstrate for the entire school how
to put on a condom, using a microphone. This turned into a joke, no one taking it
seriously. Even so, it is a horrible example. We have to teach the kids abstinence is
the only way to prevent the large problems of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted
diseases. I can recall that abstinence was mentioned as a side-note as the only 100%
guarantee against these two problems. It is a mixed message delivered when teens are
given condoms in school that are only about 60% effective, but told that abstinence is the
only prevention. Abstinence is the only total prevention, so America’s schools must
stop promoting ways that try to block pregnancy and STDs. Abortion is my second important
topic. Adolescents are growing more and more careless in their sexual behavior and that
has led to growing pregnancy rates. Many of them have decided to terminate the pregnancy
and the child’s life. The physical and emotional harm that abortions cause would
have to be addressed, because not many are well informed in that area. A recent talk show
that had a man refusing to believe that he was the father of his girlfriend’s
daughter because he “only conceives males.” It is just as ignorant to say
that a child’s life may end because he or she has not been born. Educating
teenagers on alternatives to abortion are the best option. In the curriculum I would
inform students about centers that counsel pregnant women and men on how to deal with the
birth of the child. Adoption is a good option, as well as keeping the child, considering
living standards are comfortable. However, the best way to prevent abortion is to abstain
from sex in a relationship where a baby is not desired; largely, marriage.

2. The basic organizer of sex-role attitudes a person meets in adolescence is the
self-categorization as a boy or a girl. The child who recognizes that he is a male begins
to value maleness and to act consistently with gender expectations. He begins to
structure his own experiences according to his accepted gender and to act out appropriate
sex roles. He reflects sex-role differences and he fantasizes himself as a daddy with a
wife and children. The same holds true for the girl, who pretends she is a grown-up woman
with a husband and children. Sex differentiation takes place gradually as children learn
to be male and female according to culturally established sex-role expectations and their
interpretations of them.
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