'Safe' Sex Isn't, But Abstinence Is…

by Donald V. Huard, Ph.D.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/1/2000

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 60
ISBN : 9781420897685

About the Book

Is it safe for a fourteen year-old to drive, so long as he wears a seat belt? Of course not... He should be more mature before his driving is considered safe, whether he is 'protected' or he is not. The same is true with regard to premarital sex for the teen-ager. He shouldn't be told 'if you are going to have sex, do it safely by using 'protection.' For the fourteen year-old, 'safe' sex isn't necessarily so. Only abstinence is.

If parents want more teen-agers to have 'protected' sex, the handing out of condoms and the assurance of increased safety is the way to go. If, on the other hand, a better parental objective is to get fewer (not more) fourteen year-olds to engage in sexual intercourse ('protected' or otherwise), the worst thing that those parents can do is convince the teen-agers that premarital sex is 'safe.' Parents shouldn't be giving teens the means to engage in sex while assuring them that the dangers are eliminated or even significantly reduced!

Protected or otherwise, unmarried teen sex is unwise and risky. It cannot be made 'smart' by using a condom. Premarital sex, just like adulterous sex, is wrong. For unmarried teen-agers, 'protected' sex is not safe...

Only abstinence is.

About the Author

Donald V. Huard, Ph.D.received an A.A. degree from Phoenix College and a B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. from Arizona State University. He is a U.S. Army Veteran, serving from 1952-54. He was a professor of psychology at Phoenix College for 35 years and retired in 1998. He is married with seven children and 12 grandchildren.

Other books this author has written include: 'Behavioral Statistics' (ISBN 0-8403-7408-9), 'Teen-agers: What Will Cigarettes, Booze, Safe Sex and Drugs Do to You?' (ISBN 0-9661606-0-6) and 'Teen-agers: What Will Cigarettes, Booze and Drugs Do for You?' (ISBN 09661606-1-4).