CDC Report Shows Drop in Teenaged Sex


– 24 July 2015 –


Janus-smallAt irregular intervals since 1988, the CDC has published a report on the sexual behavior of teenagers aged 15 to 19. The report generates news headlines each time, and in this case, just as in 2011, the headlines sensationalize the falling rates of sexual intercourse among the youth. The report, in the present instance, also generates headlines about the rising use of the morning-after pill.

Key findings from the report include:

  • In 2011–2013, 44% of female teenagers and 47% of male teenagers aged 15–19 had experienced sexual intercourse; the percentage has declined significantly, by 14% for female and 22% for male teenagers, over the past 25 years.

  • In the early teen years males were more likely than females to have had sexual intercourse. But the percentage of older teenagers who had sexual intercourse was similar for female and male teenagers.

  • In 2011–2013, 79% of female teenagers and 84% of male teenagers used a contraceptive method at first sexual intercourse.

  • The condom remained the most common contraceptive method used among teenagers.

  • Young women who did not use a method of contraception at first sexual intercourse were twice as likely to become teen mothers as those who used a method.

While I’m pleased to see the decline in sexual intercourse among the youth, I am somewhat disturbed at what is likely the underlying cause.

At first I assumed that the decline in coital sexual intercourse was caused by a corresponding rise in non-coital forms of sex.  While there is little historical data to compare for trending, this doesn’t seem to be the case today:

Teens who had already engaged in vaginal intercourse (non-virgins) were much more likely to have also engaged in oral or anal sex: 87% of non-virgins had engaged in oral sex compared to only 26% of virgins, and 21% of non-virgins had engaged in anal sex compared to only 1% of virgins.

It’s difficult to say for certain without historical data.  Let us say that only 15% of virgins engaged in oral sex back in 1988 versus the 26% now, a figure that is probably much lower than was really the case.  With sexually active virgins at 15% in 1988, the total sex rate would increase to 66% for males and 58% for females in 1988. Adding the 26% to today’s totals for overall sexual activity among teenagers and we have 61% for males and 59% for girls.

In that hypothetical case, boys still decline by 8% but girls increase sexual activity by 1%. But that figure arises only if the rate of non-coital sex was 15% in 1988.  I would guess that the rate was probably higher than 15%.  Higher rates of sexual activity (more than 15%) among teenagers in 1988 would still mean an overall decline in sexual activity among the youth of today.

There must be some other reason why sexual activity is declining, at least among boys.

I suspect that a growing share of society’s youth has become socially disconnected from one another, especially in their dealings with the opposite gender.

For one thing, our society has drummed into the childrens’ heads the total equality, even equivalency, of the genders.  In practice this means the suppression of masculinity in boys and the promotion of that trait in girls.  This has caused teenagers of both genders to take on roles that are contrary to their natures.  This confuses the romantic interactions between the sexes.

Combine this with the revolution in mobile communication and portable computing (taking the place of real communication and real work) along with the prevalence of online pornography, and we have a growing number of young people who don’t know how to engage in, nor have they any interest in, romantic relations with the opposite sex.  This affects boys more than it does girls, thus the greater reduction of sexual activity among boys.

This situation seems to be even worse in the East Asian countries.  Several articles have described a phenomenon where young Oriental men have no interest at all in sex.  They would rather die playing video games.

It is possible that today’s Millennial youth have become more sexually moral than the crime-prone, rowdy Gen-X youth of 1988, but I suspect that some of them have simply embraced the message of the Left-wing propagandists: have more “safe sex”, while a large number of disaffected boys have simply dropped out of the sexual market.  In either case, society continues its bizarre descent into sexual and social incoherence.


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  1. Reblogged this on Brittius.



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