A few years ago, we were warned that oral sex was being used in great numbers by teens trying to protect themselves from STDs and “technical” virginity loss.
Then another study informed us that the first study had been flawed. In fact, this later study said, most teens were not actually substituting blow jobs for vaginal sex.
Now an anal sex study, that sounds suspiciously much like the original oral sex one, has come out. According to the researchers, unprotected anal sex on the rise among straight teens.
"Researchers at the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center in Rhode Island suggested that anal sex is on the rise among teens and young adults, particularly those who have unprotected vaginal sex. Experts say girls and young women…are often persuaded to try such sexual behavior for the wrong reasons — to please a partner, to have sex without the risk of pregnancy or to preserve their virginity. But many don't understand the health consequences."
In light of the change of heart on oral, I won’t be shocked if somewhere down the line we subsequently hear that this study wasn’t totally on the mark.
Anal sex is a tough issue for a lot of folks. Even more so than oral, anal tends to make people squirm. Many assume it involves pain and mess. Others negatively associate it with gay men and / or AIDS. So when we have a study showing that girls are being pressured into this act and are risking their health in the process, many people assume their views on anal are justified.
Really, though, anal sex is not nasty, or dirty, or an automatic route to a disease. It is just one of many sex practices that some people dig and others don't.
Still this study is disturbing. Do girls really not know that STDs are a risk from anal? Are a lot of them actually being pressured into it unhappily? If this is the case, we are definitely looking at a grim situation. But for me to believe this is a serious trend, I am going to have to see a little more evidence.
What do you think about girls’ motivations for having anal sex and the reasons they might not be safe about it?