Now, there are several things here worth unpacking. First, of course, is the fact I've long maintained that no matter how much you try, young people having sex for the first time lack the same discipline and rigorous will power that such contraceptive methods demand.
Second, when it comes to condoms at least (the only savior for AIDS and other STDs we tend to forget), they just aren't fun. Years ago I heard some wag describe using a condom as being akin to eating a nice sirloin steak with a mouth full of Novocaine. You might get the nutritional value, but you miss the flavor. And while those ultra-disciplined young people might be able to pull off the mathematical discipline needed to use a condom in such a way as to reduce its error rate to a paltry 1%, eventually at least the guys are going to yearn for something a little more intimate; a little more spontaneous (despite Hollywood attempts to the contrary, there is nothing spontaneous about using a condom).
Of course this is part of the great LIE of the age. Remember when the sexual revolution was all about the fact that sex was natural - like eating and breathing - and therefore why should we burden it with archaic rules and regulations like waiting until you're married? No, sex is natural. We should just rip off our clothes, grab the nearest person, and do it the way animals on National Geographic do.
The funny part? When was the last time an animal used contraception? A condom? Had to go back for frequent blood tests to check on potential HIV or other STD infections? When was the last time an animal had to do any of those things? Not to mention suffering the emotional and psychological problems known to accompany many who live a life of sexual deviancy?
I know, I know. The argument is that nobody who is living that way ever says it bothers them. They are fine with it, so what's the problem. Stupid response. Just because a corporate CEO can routinely screw his own employees, exploit third world workers (those not in the US) while robbing the consumer blind with over priced and sub-par products, and sleep well at night and feel good about himself, doesn't mean it's OK to do those things.
And same with sex. Not just the emotional, psychological problems, but the physical problems as well. Even if you could find someone who has no problem seeing everyone as a slab of meat for his or her own sexual gratification doesn't make it right.
Oh, how long will we continue to deny the link between a pandemic driven mostly by drug use and sexual promiscuity and a generation that continues to insist that unlimited sexual experiences enhanced by certain drugs is the ultimate meaning in life? How long will we ignore that we've sold ourselves a sham, insisting that endless worry and stress, use of artificially manufactured synthetic products and hormonal manipulation of our bodies for sexual gratification is the natural way? How many more lives must be lost, ended, ruined, and destroyed?
As for the article, I got a chuckle out of this little bit:
"The results show that too many young people either lack good knowledge about sexual health, do not feel empowered enough to ask for contraception or have not learned the skills to negotiate contraceptive use with their partners to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies or STIs (sexually transmitted infections),"You get that? Have not learned the skills to negotiate contraceptive use with their partners! Wow, that really brings the natural elements of sexuality home to the heart, don't it? What a laugh. What a sad, sad joke. The saddest part? People keep believing this mind-drool. Not because we actually believe it of course. But because we want to, betting the farm that we can exploit the benefits of a sexually corrupt era, while holding our breath that one of the millions and millions of casualties of this brilliance won't be someone we know and love. And certainly hoping it won't be us. May the Lord bless our world with a generation that resists the hedonism, narcissism, and idiocy of the last couple generations to trod this unhappy world.