Tuesday, February 06, 2007

What's Good For The Goose, Continued

Current mood: fair minded

Category: News and Politics

From YAHOO! News:

Sex of any kind can harm teens emotionally
By Amy NortonMon Feb 5, 9:44 AM ET

Teenagers often suffer emotional consequences from having sex, even when it's "only" oral sex, a study published Monday suggests.

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco found that up to one-half of the sexually active teenagers in their study said they'd ever felt "used," guilty or regretful after having sex .

Though such feelings were less common among teens who'd only had oral sex, about one-third reported some type of negative consequence.

Dr. Sonya S. Brady and Bonnie L. Halpern-Felsher report the findings in the journal Pediatrics.

The study, according to the researchers, suggests that parents should be sure to talk with their kids about the potential negative effects of having oral sex, not only intercourse.

"When parents and teens talk about the consequences of having 'sex,' they may not take the time to define what sex is," Brady and Halpern-Felsher noted in comments to Reuters Health.

"It is important for parents to help teens understand that having oral sex may result in social, emotional and physical health consequences -- just as having vaginal sex may result in these consequences."

In particular, the study found, girls were twice as likely as boys to say they'd ever "felt bad about themselves" after having sex, and three times more likely to say they'd felt used (my italics).

SOURCE: Pediatrics, February 2007.


Oral sex is rarely mutual among teens, so it is only natural that many girls feel used. They are being used. If boys were "giving" as well as "receiving", there would be a lot fewer complaints.