There's been a lot of sex in the news recently, gentle readers. And, the most of the stories were depressing . . . .
First, let's consider the teenagers:
- Our government has stated that abstinence programs prevent teens from having sex, but, they’re wrong.
- If a teen, unprepared for the consequences of sex because of her narrowly-focused abstinence-only sex education, becomes pregnant, someone perhaps a trusted aunt or older sister assisting her in obtaining an abortion may, if the Child Custody Protection Act becomes federal law, serve up to a year in prison.
- There was good news in Illinois Friday, when Gov Blagojevich signed a bill protecting citizens from bias based on sexual orientation in housing, jobs and credit.
- Even that law won't change media bias: if it’s become too much to ask that we’re honest with teens about sex, it shouldn’t be shocking that the recent poll by NBC and People of 1,000 teens detailing their attitudes on the subject didn’t even mention sexual preference.
- Although homosexuality is illegal in Iran, punishible by death for sex between men and lashing for sex between women, sex changes are both legal and acceptable.
- Over ten percent of paroled sex offenders in all of Illinois live in one small area [a single zip code] of Chicago’s south side, many of them in group homes.
- 380 registered sex offenders were found to be living in 289 nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in a study of such homes in 37 states last summer.
- Although it is illegal for a registered sex offender to live within 1,000 yards of a school in Toledo, over 24% of them do: one-in-three schools has a sex offender living within that range.
- Germany is institutionalizing rape by forcing women to take jobs in brothels or lose their unemployment benefits.