Much to the probable disappointment of sensationalistic daytime television segments everywhere, young girls are keeping it in their pants. Or rather in their partner’s pants. Actually, both! The notion that young ladies are rapidly turning to oral sex in recent years to delay intercourse has been trumped by new numbers that reveal a blow job down turn, if you will. Don’t all show your disappointment at once.
Msnbc reports that fewer girls are engaging in oral sex than in years before based on 6,300 “in-depth” interviews with guys and gals between the ages of 15 and 24:
…two-thirds in that age group have had oral sex, and just about the same proportion have had vaginal intercourse. But just about 42 percent of 15 to 19-year-old girls have given or received oral sex, down from 45 percent when the last survey was done in 2006-2008.
Researchers are apparently all giddy over this news because kids putting off sex until they’re older, according to them, usually means lower rates of STDs and pregnancy. However, despite that fewer kids are having sexual intercourse and more are using condoms, STDs continue to climb. The culprit, researchers posit, is the dangerous assumption that oral sex is somehow a “risk-free alternative to intercourse.” Leslie Kantor, vice president for education for Planned Parenthood, points out these findings dispel notions of underage girls just suiting up in throngs for those mythical rainbow parties. But, the research does suggest alarming gaps in our sex education:
“Research suggests that adolescents perceive fewer health-related risks for oral sex compared with vaginal intercourse. However, young people, particularly those who have oral sex before their first vaginal intercourse, may still be placing themselves at risk of STIs or HIV before they are ever at risk of pregnancy,” they wrote. “The risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including human immunodeficiency virus or HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is lower for oral sex than for vaginal intercourse or anal sex,” the report adds.
Nevertheless, we’re still looking at risks like chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, and an “increased risk” for HIV. An important message that we’re still failing to deliver to the kids.