Sex Education: Fun Times, Good times

Ah, sex. Great dinner topic, am I right?

Many people are very uncomfortable with this subject and I can kind of see why. It’s the same way people are uncomfortable with discussing their recent bowl movement with their neighbors. Not only is it TMI, but also it is kind of a warning sign you should maybe pick a different living community.

At the same time, it is a natural part of human life. Why should people be embarrassed?

In school, at least in the USA, sex is not covered until seventh grade in public school. Sure, teachers go over basic anatomy in fifth and sixth grade, but nothing about intercourse; its just a basic run down of puberty so girls don’t think they are dying when they first get their period.  If you go to a private school, though, the admin has a lot more leeway with sexual instruction, so some worm their way out of teaching it at all.

Cause ignorance is bliss, right?

I’m going to narrate my experience in the sexual education system. My experience may be different from others, but that goes without saying. Without further ado, let’s dig in.

In fifth grade, there was a special day where girls and boys split up into unisex groups and went to separate classrooms for “The Talk.” My group went to the science teacher for the gifted program. There we sat down and the teacher presented a PowerPoint with information about the general female anatomy and menstruation. There were no specifics regarding male genitalia that I can remember and the presentation took about twenty to thirty minutes. After that was the question period where the teacher would answer questions, or we could write one down on a piece of paper and she would answer them at the end. The whole process went smoothly, and the teacher did her best to explain everything clearly.

In sixth grade, the same information was presented by the science teacher, but this time it was worked into the regular class schedule, so girls got physical information on both sexes.

In seventh grade, the school required students to take a comprehensive class about health. This class included dietary, physiological, and sexual education for one semester. This was the class most kids were introduced to sex via the school system. They may have had prior knowledge, as I did, going into the class. My teacher began with the basic anatomy, the whole shindig. She kind of glossed over what sexual intercourse actually was, opting for the ever-popular approach, “does anyone not know what sex is?” Like a middle schooler is going to honestly answer no. After that, she took several days to discuss the whole thing, and it was very informative.

Eighth grade gets a little sketchy. My original teacher moved to Texas due to a family situation and my class received a replacement teacher. He gave us a newspaper to read and annotate about the Lake Worth Lagoon for a month. Then he gave us a pamphlet on sex ed and had us read it out loud in class. That was it.

I just love knowing tax dollars went into this very in depth instruction.

Oh, but I left off the best part. So, we covered the organs and contraceptives like condoms and the pill, and that was fine. Then, we get to the page on emergency contraceptives like Plan B, and he just skips over it. A girl in class asked about them and he just said, “If you’re abstinent, you won’t have to worry about it.”

Well, thanks, asshat. Now I’m sure I’m going to join a convent.

At the time I was irritated, but I already knew what it was, so it wasn’t a huge deal. Then, I moved to High School and everything was dandy. I became acquaintances with a girl in my Marine Science class and she seemed pretty chill. Then, after the second week, I never saw her again. Apparently she got knocked up before school started and dropped out of high school at fourteen years old.

Who’s not worrying about it, again?

The people teaching teenagers to be abstinent aren’t going to suffer the consequences of this ignorance-based education. They aren’t going to have a kid at fourteen, drop out of high school, possibly get kicked out of the house, and be on welfare by the age of fifteen.

Later, when I was a junior in high school, I was talking to some sophomore girls. One thought using tampons would make her lose her virginity, one didn’t know that you don’t urinate out of your vagina, and the other decided to have sex within a few months, didn’t matter too much who with, just to “get it over with.”

10/10 sex ed right here.

Abstinence-based sexual education has gone on far too long.

So the next time you are embarrassed discussing the birds and the bees, think of the teenagers too embarrassed to ask if condoms prevent STDs in class, and certainly to their parents. If the adult is embarrassed, the teenager learns that sex is an embarrassing topic.

I was going to cite something here about teen pregnancy rates and the correlation to increased awareness of sexual activities and risks, but I found a beautiful article I would like to share instead.

Here is the link to the article

The entire platform of this ‘news site’ is being pro-life (A topic for a different time). The article popped up when I searched for information, and my interest was piqued. I did not want to share inaccurate information, so I checked it out. The main idea of this article is to demonstrate how areas with comprehensive sexual education show little to no reduction in STI or pregnancy rates. The article cites this study as its main support.

I checked out the study. First of all, the article uses the quote “There is little evidence that educational curriculum-based programs alone are effective in improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes for adolescents.”¹

This is very interesting, as I would have thought it was the opposite. I feel like knowing about HIV in the first place would make one more cautious when banging someone, but apparently I was wrong.

Plot twist: I was not wrong.

The article fails to disclose the rest of the abstract (where they took this quote). When taken in conjunction with the rest of the abstract, the quote takes on an entirely different meaning.

“There is a continued need to provide health services to adolescents that include contraceptive choices and condoms and that involve
them in the design of services. Schools may be a good place in which to provide these services. There is little evidence that educational
curriculum-based programmes alone are effective in improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes for adolescents. Incentive-based
interventions that focus on keeping young people in secondary school may reduce adolescent pregnancy but further trials are
needed to confirm this.”²

I know, WTF. This is completely different from what the article was stating. In reality, the study supports that these sexual education programs are needed. However, one must go to school in order for these curriculum-based programs to work. Given that five out of the eight studies were conducted in sub-Saharan Africa, I can see why attending school may be an issue when there is no monetary incentive; one could be working and earning money instead of attending school.

It’s almost like they took this one statement out of a credible source in order to further their political and monetary (the site relies on kind donations from its supporters) agenda with little regard to the misleading and manipulative nature of their information. I’ve never heard of that before.

And people wonder why I’m a cynical teenager.

References:

¹ Hoffman, Matthew Cullinan. “Major study: Sex-Ed programs don’t reduce STI’s, teen pregnancy, HIV.” LifeSiteNews, http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/major-international-study-finds-no-improvement-in-sexual-health-outcomes-fr. Accessed 24 Sept. 2017.

² Mason-Jones AJ, Sinclair D, Mathews C, Kagee A, Hillman A, Lombard C.
School-based interventions for preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy in adolescents.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 11. Art. No.: CD006417.
DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006417.pub3.

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Crochet is Hard?

You may walk through a store sometime and see the cutest top ever. It could be blue with little crocheted designs on it. You think to yourself “Wow, that’s really nice!” and check the price. If this cute piece of work is out of your price range, you may just do the calculations in your head an suddenly a brilliant idea comes into your head. ‘If I just had one of my friends make this for me, I could get it for real cheap or even free!’

Good for you, you have a generous friend who can crochet (or knit, we do not discriminate here at cynicalteenager). You can make them spend hours, possibly days crocheting this top for you for no cost to you. Nice.

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Now, I’m just a little salty that everyone thinks crochet is sooooo goddamn easy. Honey, if you think crocheting is that easy, do it yourself. Reading a crochet pattern is like reading a different language. I like to challenge people to tell me what certain crochet patterns are saying.

Here’s a quick, easy, little example:

ch 22.

Anyone with any crocheting experience knows exactly what this says, but do other people?  Here’s another example, but a little more complicated:

Sc in 2nd ch from hook, *dc in next ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * across-21 sts

This is still pretty simple, just with a few more steps.

Try this one:

colour:0 sc8, colour:4 sc1, colour:0 sc5, colour:4 sc2, colour:0 sc2, colour:4 sc5, colour:0 sc2, colour:4 sc1, colour:0 sc3, colour:4 sc2, colour:0 sc4, colour:4 sc1, colour:3 sc15, colour:2 sc1, colour:0 sc9, colour:2 sc1, colour:3 sc5, colour:2 sc1, colour:0 sc9, colour:4 sc2, colour:0 sc2, colour:4 sc6, colour:1 sc13

Good luck with that one.

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Let me tell you, crochet is time-consuming and expensive as well. A thing of good yarn costs like $3 right now, and most projects take more than one skein. It may cost someone ten dollars to crochet that top for you and probably at least ten hours, depending on the hook size, speed of the individual, and complexity of the pattern.

So next time, please do not underestimate the effort that crochet requires. If someone, including your grandmother, gives you a crochet gift, show the love a little with a thank you note 🙂

Why I Am An Atheist

Two years ago, in my sociology class, my teacher asked for a show of hands around the classroom for the representation of different faiths. There were about ten Catholics, nine Protestants, two Jews, one Buddhist/Christian (a kid with parents of different beliefs), and other assorted Christian denominations like Lutheran, etc. Then there was little old me who raised their hand when the teacher asked about atheists. He was interested in knowing my opinion; all of the kids were. I simply shared that I could not reconcile what I have personally observed in the world and what I held in my world view with some sort of God or supreme being.

Everyone seemed cool with that except this one girl, whom I have know for many years and disliked for the majority of that time. She decides to say, “I will pray for you.”

What the f*ck?

I did the traditional “I’ll be thinking of you” bullshit that atheists always do when confronted with people like this.

I understand that when people say things like this, they mean well 99.999999% of the time. They genuiely wish to express that they care for you and hope for the best for you. And that is great when someone is sick, in a bad relationship or breakup, lost their job, or some other terrible thing occurs in someones life. I would probably say the same thing to someone religious (or at least the atheist equivalent).

But what did I say that warranted that kind of response? I don’t have cancer, bitch. And it isn’t you job to save me from a hell I don’t belive exists, either.

Below are some of my reasons for being atheist:

Heaven/Hell 

Personally, I believe that, should people go to heaven or hell after death (I have an open-mind, anything could happen I suppose), it should be based on a merit system rather than a I-prayed-six-times-a-day-and-was-a-priest-and-could-recite-the-entire-new-testament kind of system. Volunteered in orphanages in Southeast Asia? Lobbied for environmental protection? Good job.

Hold on, wait just a minute! You forgot Jesus was the reason for the season? Your ass is burning for eternity! You married the same gender? Damnation. You forgot that women didn’t have the right to choose? F*ck you and your sinner ass!

In what way does this system make sense?

Blind Faith

What bothers me most about established religious teachings is the willfull ignorance of followers. When a person of another belief system or no belief system brings up a relevant point about someone’s religion, suddenly it becomes a matter of faith.

God supposedly gave us brains for a reason, but religion of any kind gives us the excuse to simply forget that things like evolution and other ideas exist. If I was on the same level as any god, I would want my creations to be thinking beings! If I wanted a colony of bees, I would not have given my creations the degree of thought humans possess. And, if I did want my creations to follow me to that degree, why would I leave room for doubt in their minds? I am all-powerful, right?

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Sayings that will never be disconfirmed

In Christianity there is a saying “God works in mysterious ways.” So, when there is a supposed miracle, God has worked his magic to save the day. But when ISIS decapitates another journalist or another woman gives herself a coat-hanger abortion because she can’t get one legally or when a boy about to go to high school blows his brains out to escape what seemed to be a charmed life, God is still working his magic. As someone who has seem what life can throw at people, be it the death of a parent, the loss of a child, sickness, and depression, I don’t think any god worthy of praise would allow these things to happen.

The problem is that no amount of logic or reasoning or proof otherwise will ever be able to disconfirm this belief. It is vague enough to ellude contradiction but concrete enough to warrant belief. If someone can figure out a logical trap for this statement, I will give them five hundred dollars.

Religious beliefs are littered with these statements, of which have no possibility of falsification.

Morals

A popular question thrown at atheists is the notion of “If you don’t believe in God, where do you get your morals?”

There is a simple answer: your brain. More specifically, the judgment section of your frontal lobe. That’s pretty much what is doing the governing anyway. Last time I checked, the Bible didn’t bitch slap you of it own accord everytime everytime you said the word ‘shit’. No. That’s not how it works, people. Society declares the morals of the masses, not a book written by people two thousand years ago or more. As it should, otherwise we would still be stoning adulterers to death instead of going on Judge Judy for ‘pain and suffering’.

So, there you have it. Probably the most unorganized blog post by an atheist you will ever find. If you don’t like what I think, that’s fine. I am not trying to convert people. On the contrary, figure out what works best for you to acheive your own happiness. That is all I want.

 

The Young People Today…

There are many things in life that piss me off. After all, I am just a hormonal teenager. I clearly cannot assess issues with my own thoughts and beliefs, nor should I try. But three things piss me off:

  1. When people say they are going to pray for me
  2. When people are hypocritical
  3. When people complain about the youth of today and dream of the ‘good old days’

Today (or rather, this morning, for I am drafting this at 12:14 AM), I shall address the third number.

Be aware that this is my personal post. If you disagree with what I have to say, there are many options to choose from. You may: click off of this page because you can see that this is not up your alley, read it and then get on with your day, read it then leave a respectful comment, or read it and get angry and get the f*ck out. I doubt that this post will get anyone triggered though.

Moving on now, I would like to address my grievance. When I say “people complaining about the youth of today”, I am refering to the dunderheads that see the young adults in today’s society and condemn them as low lifes, filth, or not as upstanding as the ‘good old days’.

Gee, golly whiz pal, let’s go fishing! I have to be home for dinner, though; dinner is always at 5pm. If I am late, Mom will give me a lickin’ for sure!

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I was recently talking to my mom about her childhood. And, just a little hint: her childhood was nothing like this! She was raised by a single mother until she remarried. Her best friend was also raised by a single parent (virtually no parent, but that is not my business). My grandmother moved down here from Canada and never had a lot of money. All of the children ended up getting jobs. Her sister finally scraped enough together to buy an air conditioner for her mother, who used to cry because of the heat. So some people want to tell me it was so much better back then? And, oh yeah, my grandmother retired happily after remarrying for a third time and is now my next door neighbor. My mother went to Grad School.

Rosy retrospection is a state in which someone recalls past events more fondly then they would have assessed them when they actually occured. It is like how you recall summer during every school year as some sort of beacon of hope, remembering it as way more fun then it actually was. But when you get to your next summer, it’s half way through and you’re bored as shit. Yeah, it is the same phenomenon.

Now that the people who are doing the complaining are getting on in years, they have a tendency to remember things with a way more favorable reaction then they would have before. Goddamn, that paddle on the ass sure straightened me up! And I am sure glad that I remained abstinent, alcohol-free, and never once smoked marijuana for my entire adolescence! That’s a joke, right? RIGHT?

Open your eyes!

We live in a world dominated by technology and science. Chances are, the people fixing your internet connection are not eligible for Social Security, ya old fart. The young people are the ones the old are relying on; calling us a bunch of names is not exactly a pat on the back, gramps.

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It is more than that, though.

When I look around at my friends, I see a group of heavily motivated, successful, bright, engaging young adults. The entire marching band I am in is composed (eh? composed? haha) of teenagers. These wonderful individuals spend hundreds of dollars and hundreds of hours to put together a show for the school and for themselves. How can someone claim these people as the ‘lazy generation’? It is inconceivable and just unintelligent to do so. And, of course, we have our faults as well. Some people may swear a lot, some people drink too much, some people are oversexed. It is the way of the world. No one is perfect.

These old people need to stop expecting us to be perfect.

We don’t need our teachers hitting us to teach us a lesson, nor should we be raised without access to technology just to prove a point. Let the children be children. Let the teenagers be teenagers. With realistic expectations and restrictions, of course. Last time I checked, the so called ‘millenials’ never got us into the Iraq War, created this huge debt hole the USA is in, or caused the hole in the ozone layer (I heard the the hole is actually starting to regenerate, so three cheers for good news, am I right?). Take a look at yourselves, folks, before you start shit.

Mistakes happen (lol, duh, Donald Trump is a nominee for President), so it is best to learn from them rather than long for the time before. It is pointless. It is unneccessary. It is downright insulting.

This is CynicalTeenagerBlog, signing off from this post at around 1:00am. Good Morning, peeps!

That Was Really Rude!

If anyone has experienced Walmart customer service recently, rudeness should be a familiar concept. We all know it and we all hate it. The moment where there are thirty checkout stations in the store and only two are open and the cashier acts like it is your own personal fault their life sucks so badly. The traditional trademarks are the eye roll, the ‘finger’, and the ever-present “I’ll be with right with you.”

Even friends can be rude. Today, an acquaintance of mine dropped a forty-pound barricade on my toe. Let me tell you, that bitch hurt. She did not even apologize and did not even seem to notice because she was on her phone. Now, I’m pissed at her and reply with a sarcastic response of “thanks a lot,” and she responds with, “that was kind of rude.”

The F***? I’m rude? Girl, you had better watch out!

Okay, so I am sure that the absolute last thing people want to hear about is my poor, wounded toe, so let me explain. I have come to the conclusion that most of the time ‘rudeness’ may not be rude at all. Think about it. From my perspective, my friend was being rude by completely ignoring me in the first place, causing her to drop the barricade on my toe. On the other hand, she might not have had any idea that she dropped it on me in the first place and my response to her was interpreted as my reaction to her being on her phone, not the aforementioned barricade fiasco. Thus, I was the rude one.

However, that situation was conditional. There are some situations in which I have no idea of why people think they would be right. One time, when my mother was driving me to a class, a BMW driver cut her off and then had the balls to flick her off. Now, in what possible scenario, would this be the correct thing to do? Really? Dude, you’re the one who just cut her off. And based on the fact that you responded by flicking her off proves that you did notice her.

So, I repeat, what would possess him to do this? He was in the wrong, yet he proceeded in being a total jerk. Maybe he had a bad day? I’ll never know.

In the end, what causes rudeness? I believe that some people just view the situation from a different perspective and some people are just assholes (the chances go up if you drive a BMW), and there is nothing that can be done against rudeness. It is a fact of life and the best thing people can do is stop giving a shit what the front desk person in Human Resources says to you.