You’re in a conversation and someone says, “What consenting adults do in private is none of our business. It’s between them, and it doesn’t affect anyone else.”
What would you say?
Sex – like going to the bathroom or taking a shower – is not meant to be a public act. However, though sex is meant to be experienced privately, that doesn’t mean there are no public consequences for the sexual behavior we allow as a society. There are.
So, the next time someone says sex is merely a private act, here are three things to remember:
First, sexual activity affects public health.
Second, sexual activity is procreative.
Third, our sexual experiences affect our mental health and deeply shape our character.
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Further Reading and Sources:
“Adolescents and Young Adults” (Dec. 7, 2017): https://www.cdc.gov/std/life-stages-populations/adolescents-youngadults.htm (accessed Nov 4, 2019).
Jacqueline Howard, “Three STDs reach all-time highs in the US, new CDC report says,” CNN (Oct 8, 2019): https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/08/health/std-cases-rising-us-study/index.html (accessed Nov 4, 2019).