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Friday, September 23, 2011

Teen Sex Survey: Not as Fun as it Sounds

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 10:59 AM

We've done a sex survey of Portlanders every year for the last 10 years and I always think it's interesting to see what people have to say about their sex lives.

But the results of a survey from Essence magazine and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy of 1,500 African American teens are so sad! Read on

Although 9 out of 10 kids say they don’t want to get pregnant, 45 percent say they use birth control inconsistently. Nearly half of those surveyed who’ve had sex admit that they felt pressure to go further than they wanted to and 48 percent admit to having lied to get out of an comfortable sexual situation.

The media isn’t offering any alternatives to these unsettling statistics, the survey revealed. Seven out of 10 of the youth surveyed feel the TV shows and movies they watch portray them as sexually aggressive and deviant, and less than 18 percent believe they actually see a true reflection of themselves on screen.

Wouldn't it be great to see some movies with realistic sex? They could still be wildly attractive movie stars having sex, but how awesome would it be to see movie that includes a somewhat awkward, rather messy, sweaty, consensual sex scene? Are there movies like that (ones at HUMP don't count—I'm talking about mainstream ones).

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