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My answer to abstinence-only advocates

These are people who claim that abstinence is the only birth control/STD prevention method worth learning about or using. Somehow, they seem to believe that it's impossible for married people to catch diseases from their spouses. The morality or immorality of sex-for-pleasure between married couples is something I'd like to hear them speak about. But for those people, I have this to say:

Leaving your computer off and never using it is 100% effective against computer viruses, Trojan horses, and hardware failure. It is the ONLY 100% effective measure, and therefore, by your own logic, the only measure worth using. So if I catch any of you using a computer, your abstinence-only argument is worthless.

There are, however, some abstinence-only advocates who actually DON'T use computers, particularly since it's a religious movement, and some religions disdain many forms of technology. For their sake, we can construct a similar argument regarding food poisoning. Knowing how to recognize harmful foods and spoiled foods would go against their creed, as the only way to prevent food poisoning is to stop eating. Sure, people need to eat. People also need sex, or some substitute that the abstinence-only people think is immoral. I think that highlights the importance of knowing how it can be done safely, when it needs to be done.


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Sep. 5th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
I like this post.
Sep. 5th, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
Hmm, very interesting!

I personally wish that parents would say "I hope that you remain abstinent, but if you do not, please protect yourself in this way."

Also, it KILLS me that I know so many people who don't use condoms because they/the person they are sleeping with is on BC pills. HELLO. STD's DON'T CARE THAT YOU ARE PROTECTING YOURSELF FORM PREGNANCY!!!
Sep. 5th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Indeed. I was all about holding off until marriage, but feminine wiles and peer pressure got to me. Fortunately, having received a proper sexual education, while I didn't entirely understand how to do what I was doing, I understood the importance of condoms to the process. I still think I made mistakes, but at least the consequences were emotional only.
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Sep. 5th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
This is an amazing way of looking at it.
Sep. 5th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
The best part is that, technically, virus scanners and education about phishing are immoral. Sounds to me like opportunities for identity theft are on the rise...
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Sep. 5th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
I did mention sex-for-pleasure between married couples in the entry. I wanted to know the actual stance of abstinence-only people on that issue, because as you say, they completely ignore it as far as I can tell. They all seem to believe that every single person wants to be married, and every married person wants to have children - or at least, that that's the way it should be.
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Sep. 6th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
If the good Lord had intended people to live without chemistry-altering medication, He wouldn't have invented SIDS, suicidal depression, ovulation, cancer, diabetes, or marijuana.
Sep. 5th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
I approve of this post so much, this is the first place I'm going to use my new icon!
Sep. 6th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
I'm Nidoking, and I approve this icon.
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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")


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