A progressive leftist group called “Answer” is based at Rutgers University and is devoted to the cause of promoting teen promiscuity. “Answer” produces a magazine called “Sex, Etc” aimed at teenagers. It is distributed in public libraries over the objections of parents. Answer‘s websites includes a comic strip called “I Am Horny” about a frustrated bisexual girls as well as quizzes on orgasms and oral sex aimed at kids 12 and up.
Answer justifies their cause by saying, “teens are responsible decision makers.”
Consider that sentence for a moment. “Teens are responsible decision makers?” Really? Then, why is the drinking age 21? There’s something severely detached from reality in people who believe that “teens are responsible decision makers,” but adults can not be allowed to make their own health care decisions.
Also, how is it liberals argue on the one hand, “Teens are going to have sex anyway, so we should accommodate them by giving them all the information they want,” but on the other hand, “Smoking is harmful, and so we have to do everything possible to discourage teens from smoking.” This includes making cigarettes difficult to obtain and severely restricting tobacco advertising. But birth control and pronography are freely available. Are the health consequences of smoking worse than the consequences of STD’s or unplanned pregnancies?
Liberals use television and film to encourage politically correct attitudes on environmentalism, racial attitudes, animal rights, and whatever other cause is trendy. Many loftily claim that the got into the media business in order “to make people think,” or even, “to change the world,” because they think their words and images can create messages that affect behavior; they sell billions in advertising based on this theory. Yet, at the same time, they insist that saturating media with adolescent sexual imagery has no effect on teenage behavior. You’re not allowed to depict a Muslim as a terrorist, or a black man as a criminal because they claim that imagery would affect people’s attitudes. But they can show teenagers and twenty-somethings having promiscuous, consequence-free sex and claim it won’t influence people’s behavior.
Because “teens are responsible decision makers.”