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← How Sexual Prudery Makes America a Less Healthy and Happy Place

QuestioningKat's Avatar Jump to comment 30 by QuestioningKat

I'm not convinced "prudery" is the cause of a less healthy and happy place. Yahoo (internet garbage news) recently had an article on places in the US where women earn the least amount of money. I guess the south and places like Utah before I read the article. Guess what? It's an obvious guess. But what are the real issues going on? What are the rates of poverty and how does it relate to teen pregnancy? What is the educational level of the parent of the teen who is pregnant? What type of family problems are occurring at the time of the teen pregnancy? What is the level of social class, culture, education, and curiosity (to learn and change) among this group?

"Prudery" may or may not be a badge depending on whether the person's intention is to uphold the best in themselves or whether they are following someone else's rules. Making a stand for yourself is a good thing. Drop kicking a potential mate who is an idiot is a good and wise thing. Being "prudent" about your birth control is a good thing. Prudent ---"1. wise or judicious in practical affairs; sagacious; discreet or circumspect; sober. 2. careful in providing for the future; provident: a prudent decision." Prudent is a word that needs to be reclaimed from people who see this sexuality issue as either "doing it" or "not doing it."

It's simple. People are not taught to be respectful of themselves. To be respectful of yourself you take care of your body, your thoughts, your actions. You strive for self betterment while giving other people the space to do the same. Lack of education is not being respectful of treating others with fairness. Taking to heart others' views without questioning them is seeing yourself as less capable and disrespects yourself and the other person by not challenging them to grow and change through questioning and dissent.

Yes other countries or cultures may be a few steps ahead of the US, but saying it's just religious prudery is painting the picture with a broad brush.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:04:02 UTC | #935463