May 21, 1993 |
Much of the world seems to be chanting the message of safe sex to our young. That chant says: Safe sex is using a condom while engaging in sexual intercourse. The message is that it will protect you from unwanted pregnancy and disease, especially the threat of AIDS. Just how much protection can people expect to get from a condom? The Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that condoms fail up to 17 percent in avoiding pregnancy. If the AIDS virus is 450 times smaller than sperm, how can a condom keep out the dreaded disease?
November 23, 1986
In Christopher Durang's satirical play, Sister Mary Ignatius always taught that sodomy was so disgusting it "made Jesus puke. " According to Colman McCarthy's Nov. 7 Op-ed Page column, one of his Jesuit professors taught that God winks at such "sins of weakness. " One of these jokers is pulling our leg. If the Vatican is in the grip of "homophobia," as Mr. McCarthy asserts, things haven't changed much since St. Peter first set up shop in decadent Rome circa A.D. 42. And after St. Paul "frittered away his moral force with homophobic rantings" in his famous letter to Corinth, Catholic gays and lesbians in that progressive metropolis had to make their own choices about allegiance to so harsh a church leadership.
September 19, 1993 |
Chastity: It's not just a word. It's an adventure. The Body & Soul Posse knows. Members of the group jiggled and jumped with the single-minded intensity that only youngsters have. Strutting and fretting their hour-and-a-half upon the stage, their message rocked, rolled and rumbled into 60 young minds yesterday. Chastity! The word echoed in a paneled meeting room at the Valley Forge Sheraton, where the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation opened the first day of its weekend convention.
January 29, 1994 |
Sometimes conventional wisdom turns out to be wrong. The latest bit of wisdom to be debunked concerns teenagers and sex. Specifically, it's the notion that kids are going to have sex, no matter what adults say to dissuade them - and so we should be handing out condoms instead of lecturing about virginity. But this notion of inevitable sex among teens happens not to be true. Losing your virginity at age 14 or 15 isn't inevitable - whether you're poor and urban, or rich and suburban.
May 29, 1994 |
Holding a box of cereal, Kim McBryan talks about fueling up for a demanding date. But when she reads the ingredients, it's not the whole grain wheat, sugar and fortifying vitamins she wants the students to think about - but making choices about sexual behavior. "Chastity is a high-energy source made with 100 percent whole goodness, and grace, and provides either natural or soulful nutrition that may be missing from your dating diet," McBryan told a group of cadets at Valley Forge Military Academy.
June 12, 2009 |
IF YOU'RE OLD enough to remember the old " Sonny & Cher Show," you might recall they used to occasionally bring out their cute, little blond moppet of a daughter, Chastity Bono . Make that Mr. Chastity Bono. According to TMZ.com, Chastity/ Chaz, best known for her civil-rights advocacy, is in the early stages of changing gender - transitioning from female to male. She began the process earlier this year, shortly after she turned 40. (Some women will do anything to avoid menopause.
May 9, 2011
BECOMING CHAZ. 9 p.m. tomorrow, OWN. FEW, IF ANY, of the millions who first encountered a blonde toddler named Chastity on "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" would have predicted that that little girl would one day grow up to be a burly guy named Chaz. But, then, who'd have guessed that her shaggy-haired father would someday be a Republican congressman? Or that her wisecracking mother would win an Academy Award? Clearly, attitudes and perceptions can be adjusted.
July 2, 2004 |
While lifeguards keep swimmers in safe waters, members of Generation Life are delivering tidings along New Jersey beaches that they hope will save their peers from a deluge of sexually transmitted disease. Generation Lifers, in their teens and 20s, swim against the cultural tide. Members want to spread the word that the only safe sex is lifetime fidelity between two HIV- and STD-free people. That's what members do during school presentations in the fall, winter and spring, when they also fight for the rights of the unborn.
April 28, 1991 |
You've heard of the traveling salesman. Well, that's kind of what I am. I travel the country, from Maine to California, pitching my "product" to 50,000 teens each year, and guess what? Many of the kids are "buying" it. My "product" is intangible; it can't be purchased at a store, nor given out in a school-based clinic; yet it is 100 percent effective in preventing teenage pregnancy, abortion and sexually transmitted disease. Furthermore, it costs nothing, has no harmful side effects, and it's contagious.