Little girls have never been made of sugar and spice and everything nice. But who would’ve thought that some of our girls today would turn out to be downright dirty? Many tweens and teens can even make the chicks on Girls Gone Wild blush. And shockingly, some of them are so proud of it, they’re even boasting about their sexcapades on national television.
A recent episode of The Tyra Show featured a lineup of girls who didn’t bat an eye when they admitted to a long list of sex antics. That’s right; the former supermodel has become a media princess and is actually taking on some tough topics on her daily gabfest. I’ve never seen the program before—had no interest in it whatsoever—but this topic made me stop in my tracks and flash forward to my daughter’s teen years. Dear God, please do not let my toddler grow up to be a skank.
Are you ready for this? The talk show surveyed 10,000 young women about sex and other stuff. Many of the girls already had STDs. Gonorrhea at the age of sixteen. Eeew. A dozen sex partners by fifteen. Really, that many? Half don’t use condoms. Duh, what’s sex safe? Sex in school. The most likely place? The bathroom. Gross, what happened to bathroom monitors? If that doesn’t shock you, maybe this will. One in five of the girls surveyed wants to be a teen parent. Clearly, these kids have lost their minds or are on drugs. I didn’t have a baby until I was pushing forty and it’s the hardest job I’ve every had in my life. So, if you are not even out of high school yet and think having a baby will make life better, listen up: you are delirious. It won’t. That only happens in the movies, of if you’re dripping with your big sister’s money like Jamie Lynn Spears or in the spotlight like Governor Sarah Palin’s daughter. The rest of you, my pretties, are in for an ugly ride.
Believe me, I wasn’t a goody-goody in high school or even junior high, but what I did back then could probably be shown on prime time television today. The stuff that’s going on at the local high school is probably too hot for cable. Now, a lot of folks are going to blame television and the movies for “sexing up” our kids. Others will pretend that their kid is the only one at school not doing it or even thinking about s-e-x. Get real. As parents, we have to step up to the plate and talk to our kids about sex—just in case. Like it or not, guys and girls are going to hook up. Let’s do what we can to make sure they don’t get too crazy. I for one am determined to keep my two-year-old from winding up on Cinemax one day.