Internet dude Philip DeFranco has some thoughts, starting at 2:47 in the above video, about Tennessee's infamous "gateway sexual activity" law. He points out that Tennessee has the seventh highest teen birth rate in the nation and the 11th highest rate of HIV infection, "which, hey, those things aren't the best things to be good at."
Over at the Maddow blog, Steve Benen points out that the correlation between high teen birth rates and abstinence-only education are impossible to miss. "According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly all of the states with the highest rates for teen pregnancies are in the Deep South (a.k.a., the 'Bible Belt'), where abstinence-only policies are the norm." In other words, along with abstinence, we should be teaching kids how to correctly use condoms and various other forms of birth control, and not attaching any kind of stigma to it.
Gov. Haslam is claiming that the law doesn't really change Tennessee's sex ed curriculum, but, if that's so, why would he sign the law? I mean, really. If a law doesn't do anything, then it's not necessary, and the governor should veto it. I mean, it's not unheard of for a governor to say something like, "I understand the sentiment behind this bill, but it needs some work, so I'm sending it back to the legislature." Or he could outright say, "This bill doesn't do anything, so I'm vetoing it." So, why wouldn't he?
Honestly, I'm starting to wonder if this isn't an elaborate plot to keep kids as ignorant about sex as possible, so that young men won't know what they're doing, and hence won't be any good. So when older gentlemen — say, state-legislator-aged men — manage to seduce young women, those women wouldn't know that sex can be any better than what those old dudes are capable of.
If there's any chance that I'm right, and, if you are having sex with a state legislator, please heed what I am about to say — you, too, deserve mind-blowing orgasms. And even old farts can provide them. Insist on it.
And if you are a young man who finds yourself sharing your girlfriend with a state legislator, don't blackmail him for thousands of dollars. Just learn to be a better lover than him. Well, and vote against him. Because he does not have your best interests at heart.