Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Puritanical George

If I didn’t know any better, I’d suspect that the federal government’s “no sex without marriage” message was their idea of a very early April Fool’s Day joke. What am I talking about? Apparently, the feds are preaching their “no sex until marriage” message to single adults who are as old as 29 years old.

What about old hags (like me) who are single, and older than 29? Are we allowed to have sex or not? Or are we all supposed to be married by the ripe old age of 29? Or maybe people older than 29 are too old for the feds to consider us to be worthwhile sexual partners? Wondering minds wanna know ..

Waitaminnit .. don’t answer that question; it was purely rhetorical.

Now the government is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only programs, which include wasting millions of dollars in federal money in 2007.

The government says the change is a clarification. But critics say it’s a clear signal of a more directed policy targeting the sexual behavior of adults.

“They’ve stepped over the line of common sense,” said James Wagoner, president of Advocates for Youth, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit that supports sex education. “To be preaching abstinence when 90% of people are having sex is in essence to lose touch with reality. It’s an ideological campaign. It has nothing to do with public health.”

Cited story.


  1. #1 writerdd
    October 31, 2006

    I can’t believe they are talking about people who have children “out of wedlock”. Jesus. What is this the 1950s? Are we going to start sending unmarried pregnant women away again? Are we going to start stigmatizing chilren “born out of wedlock” as “bastards” and “illegitimate” again? This has got to stop.

  2. #2 dr. fluffy jones
    October 31, 2006

    wow. this is disturbing. it is like china’s ‘one family, one child’ policy…where are the people saying sex is a normal human function and people who have to get married just to have it are messed up! (I guess that would be us!) i grew up in a strict religion and was a virgin the first time i got married. bad idea!

  3. #3 David Harmon
    October 31, 2006

    Well, if you think “sex is a normal human function”, then you’re obviously some kind of CommuniHippieFaggiPedoLiberal TERRORIST! 🙂

    Betcha Shrub thinks his mother’s STILL a virgin…. 😉

  4. #4 llewelly
    October 31, 2006

    I keep hoping Atwood was wrong. Each day, that hope seems a little thinner …

  5. #5 llewelly
    October 31, 2006

    Betcha Shrub thinks his mother’s STILL a virgin…. 😉

    I guess that explains why he thinks he rules the Earth, and why he thinks he can destroy all heathens and heretics.

  6. #6 Rob Knop
    November 1, 2006

    I didn’t think people were supposed to *have* sex after age 29.

    You know — sex is for children only, and as you get older, the chances of problems during pregnancy go up, so… well, no sex after 29.

    If you try it, go straight to Gitmo, do not pass go, do not pass an arrest warrant, do not bring liquids.

  7. #7 Alon Levy
    November 1, 2006

    It’s all your damn fault, Hedwig. You should’ve stayed in the town you grew up in and become an uneducated stay-at-home mom, instead of dabbled in all this pointy-headed science stuff.

  8. #8 Gene Goldring
    November 2, 2006

    What about old hags (like me) who are single, and older than 29? Are we allowed to have sex or not?

    Got a phone number and a sense of humor?

    About this God guy. What was his wife’s name?

    Bush should maybe pour a little more money into research of water quality around farm communities. A higher sperm count in those men that want to get married and have a family may help their cause in ways never imagined.

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