October 11, 2010

Teenage girls having more sex than boys study finds

10-11-2010 Australia:

NEWS that more teenage girls than boys are having sex, according to a survey by La Trobe University, may come as a surprise to parents and other protectors of the fairer sex.

The survey of year 10 and year 12 students, published in this month's issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, reportedly found sexual activity has surged in the past decade for both sexes, in tandem with increased risky alcohol use.

But for girls in year 12, the changes have been more pronounced, with more than 61 per cent reporting they had had sex, compared to 44 per cent of boys.

And the percentage of year 12 girls who reported having had three or more sexual partners in the past year more than doubled from 12.9 per cent to 27.2 per cent.

Not surprisingly, sexually transmitted infection had also risen.

Sexualised by our sex-saturated culture since early primary school, girls are more vulnerable than ever to the depression, anorexia, suicide and mental illness that are its inevitable by-products.

Such slatternly celebrity role models as Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan are the canaries in the coal mine of the raunch culture, their emotional disintegration testimony to its toll.

You just have to read the "f---" list written by a 19-year-old Duke University student in the US, detailing her campus sexual conquests and ranking them by penis size and performance, to understand how joyless and pitiless the hookup culture has become.

The list, which has gone "viral" since being leaked by one of her friends and posted on website Jezebel, is written as a mock thesis entitled, "An education beyond the classroom: excelling in the realm of horizontal academics".

The student ranks 13 young men, mostly college athletes whose bodies and sexual habits she describes in intimate detail, along with photographs, sexts and pillow talk - though few of the encounters seem to be in actual beds.

She gives bonus points for "extraneous factors, such as the presence of an Australian accent and/or professional surfing skills." One of her conquests is, in fact, an Australian, who shows off his surfing skills in crowded bars and much more.

The author of the list, who has been named on other websites, told Jezebel she regrets writing it "with all my heart," but she is being pursued by book agents.

Her thesis might be an internet sensation, but the overall impression it gives of the author's brief, random hookups is grim emptiness.

Turning young women into creatures whose libido is unmoored from their feelings, and with an appetite

for multiple meaningless sexual couplings, doesn't seem much like feminist progress.

As one Jezebel critic put it, it's not feminism. It's masochism. ..Source.. by Miranda Devine

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