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.”