A recent Washington Post article about a book called Cycle Savvy: The Smart Teen’s Guide to the Mysteries of Her Body, discusses the debate going on as to whether or not teenagers should know anything about when they’re more or less likely to become pregnant. Charting your cycles is intricate work that requires diligence, & for that reason alone some people think it’s not a good idea, “since a little information is a dangerous thing,” according to one woman who ended up pregnant as a result of screwing up her own chart-keeping.

I’d argue there might be teens who are more diligent – or maybe even brighter – than her.

But the usual suspects chime in about how sex information only ever encourages girls to have sex. A spokesperson for Concerned Women for America proffers “high ideals,” instead.

Come now: doesn’t that sound like “keep your knees together” all over again?

One Reply to “Cycles”

  1. I’d encourage people to educate teenage girls about all aspects of their reproductive cycles. Not necessarily as a way to avert unwanted pregnancies, mind. (I’d much rather that they learned about more reliable methods of birth control.) Rather, young women have a right to understand all aspects of their complex and wonderful physiology, and we as a society REALLY need to remove the stigma from all topics “down there” (a euphemism I would very much like to never hear again).

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