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Wednesday, June 30, 2004



Very well put. Similar debates rage over in the UK. WIthout getting all journo (as if I could!) and hunting down stats, we have the worst teenage pregnancy rates in Europe. Generally the perceived solution to this is a kind of imposed puritanism and a battle to keep sex and young people as far apart as possible for as long as possible. Elsewhere, they have younger and in some cases staggered/bracketed ages of consent, policies of empowering with information and choice and much lower teen pregnancy rates. I often think the worst of it for the UK is that we just can't handle our sex drives - dysfunctional denial of desire giving way to guilt-ridden submission.

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