It’s no secret that the United States is known to be one of the more prudish countries, especially when compared to some its more free-spirited European counterparts. However, some may be surprised to learn (particularly those that are proud to be labeled prudes) that our prudish attitude seems to be doing much more harm than good.
Countries that embrace the types of attitudes towards sexuality that conservatives detest, seem to be much less sexually dysfunctional than the United States. In fact there appears to be a direct correlation to our restricted sexuality and our extremely high rates of teenage pregnancy, sexuality transmitted diseases, and abortion.
While the Lifestyle is all about sexual openness, unfortunately not everyone is as tolerant of the idea of sexual freedom. There are several European countries that are arguably much more progressive when it comes to their sexual attitudes than we are here in the states.
Countries like Spain, Germany, France and Switzerland all boast much more comprehensive sexual education than us. If you want to make a strong case for sexual liberalism, one of the most obvious examples is the Netherlands. Let’s take a look at what the Dutch are doing differently.
The Netherlands is known for being extremely pro-sex. With nude beaches abound, a world famous red light district, and a thorough sex ed program, there’s surely no doubt that they are more sexually liberal than the land of the free and home of the brave. The Netherlands was also the first country in the entire world to legalize gay marriage.
So how do the oversexed Dutch compare to Americans when it comes to teen pregnancy? The United Nations reported that in 2009 the USA boasted a teen birth rate of 39.1 per 1000, compared to a measly 5.3 per 1000 in the Netherlands. The abortion rate in the USA was also reported to be nearly double of that in the Netherlands, and our instances of adults living with HIV or AIDs compared to them – triple. I generally take statistics with a grain of salt, but these figures are pretty shocking. We’re doing something wrong.
America needs to learn from countries that have discovered that being more restrictive actually hurts more than helps. I believe that a much more comprehensive sex ed program would be a huge step in the right direction. We need to educate our children, and it should be done from an early age. We’re living in a country that sends very mixed messages to our youth. Sex is often demonized by the church, glorified by Hollywood, and misrepresented by pornography. In many cases American children learn more about sex from their equally uneducated peers, instead of from their parents and educators. We need to start taking steps in the right direction, and we need to do it soon..