Because I’m Weirdly Inquisitive: Teenage Sex Edition
Recently, I’ve been asking some seemingly bizarre questions. My intention when doing this tends to be three-fold: 1.) I tend to have a less-than-firm answer to the question, a rarity for an arrogant SOB like myself; 2.) I think that attempting to answer these questions challenges a lot of assumptions that often go unchallenged; and 3.) There are a lot of smart people here, a far greater collection than I find elsewhere in my life.
So, with that in mind, here is my latest installment:
Imagine there was a wonder drug that, when taken, guaranteed that sex could not lead to pregnancy or any transmission of STDs and had absolutely no side-effects. If you knew for a fact that your child and his/her partner were using this drug properly, would you object to your 16-year-old having sex? Why or why not? More broadly, would this change your position on your child having sex at any given age?
For the sake of conversation, assume that there drug works exactly as described with no hidden effects. No need to worry about drug-resistant diseases or the drug failing.