People who make the case for chastity are frequently greeted with an assertion that goes something like this: ”In today’s society, it’s unrealistic to expect young people to not have sex. You can’t put the genie back in the bottle.”
But an October report by the Centers for Disease Control shows that that assertion is wrong.
From 1988 to 2006-2010, the percentage of never-married males aged 15-19 who have ever had sexual intercourse dropped from 60 percent to 42 percent.
For never-married females aged 15-19, it dropped from 51 percent to 43 percent.
From 2006-2010, of teenagers whose mother has some college or higher, 37 percent of males and 40 percent of females have ever had sexual intercourse.
Of teenagers who live with both biological or adoptive parents, 35 percent of males and 35 percent of females have ever had sexual intercourse.
The latest CDC data remind me of a 2010 study from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. It found that 87 percent of teenagers agree that “it is important for teens to be given a strong message that they should not have sex until they are at least out of high school.” Yes, you read that right: that’s teens who are saying that their cultural elders need to give them a strong message about waiting to have sex.
In other words, if one opposes chastity, he cannot oppose it in the name of “in today’s society, that’s impossible.” Because the data show that in today’s society more teenagers are waiting to have sex.