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Today many voices in the world are shouting at us about
the meaning of sex—what’s
“acceptable, “normal, or “cool. Nowhere is that voice louder, more abundant
and “in your face than when it comes from the media: TV, movies, music,
magazines and the Internet. Unfortunately, this version of “sex-ed is rarely
based on logic, reason or scientific facts. The media promoters of illicit sex and pornography present their
wares in a way that entices and excites the senses, as opposed to the
intellect. And like the Sirens of Greek mythology, they have deceived and lured
many into their trap. In fact, the media has become so prevalent and powerful,
that many children, teens and young adults look to it as their primary source
of sex education.
blog/podcast, I want to talk to parents, and anyone else who desires to teach the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but
the truth about sex to our young people.
all, if our message about sex is “It’s dirty, evil and forbidden—and by the
way, save it for someone you really love, we will never be able to compete
with the alluring “let yourself go! and “if it feels good do it! messages of
Hollywood and pornographers.
Instead, we must teach that sexual intimacyis a precious gift from our
Creator. This gift is built right into our very nature as human beings. Sexual
intimacy is good; it’s a beautiful gift; it’s intended to be powerful. Each of us is born with this beautiful and
glorious gift built in to our bodies—the power to create life—human life and
the life of a relationship. As an integral part of this gift, our Creator
placed within us powerful feelings, emotions and attractions. This was
purposely done to motivate each of us to join together as husband and wife and
become “one in every way. But with this power comes limits and boundaries.
Why? Because its use triggers an overwhelming neuro-chemical and biological response
in the brain and the rest of the body. Like other natural powers and forces,
the responsible “right-use of this gift brings positive consequences—the joy
and fulfillment of an ever-increasing love, intimacy, and “one-ness. However,
like any other power governed by natural laws, it’s “wrong-use triggers a host
of negative consequences. When it comes to human sexuality, the majority
of our modern-day media are dead wrong! They’re promoting sexuality in a way
that is directly contrary to physical, mental and emotional health, loving
family relationships, and overall success and happiness.
Parents have a special stewardship to teach
their children how wonderful this
sacred gift is. It is not something to be feared or ashamed of, but rather
something to bridle and keep in
reserve for the right time, place and special person. Much more than just a
physical act, sexual intimacy is the ultimate expression of full commitment—“I am fully committed to
your growth, happiness, and adding to your value. Young people today need to
know that reserving sexual intimacy for this full commitment is worth the wait;
they need to know that it will be one of the most marvelous and fulfilling
experiences of their lives.
In essence, we want to present sexuality in
such a way that, when faced with the counterfeit offer of pornography and
illicit sex, our youth declare, “Why would I settle for this, when I can have
that (the joy of a total union and full commitment in marriage)? When our
youth see sex portrayed in the media, we want them to respond, “These people don’t
have a clue about what sexual intimacy means, but I do. As parents, we have a
responsibility to clothe the truth as attractively as possible—to combat the
glittery wrapping employed by pornographers and the sexual media.
try to “cram morality down our children’s throats, they often rebel because
they believe we are taking away their freedom of choice. Teach the truth about
chastity and morality—these are millennia-tested universal principles of living
designed to protect us from the deceptions and pitfalls of the world. Ask your
teens if they know anyone at school who has exercised their freedom of choice
and started smoking, drinking, taking drugs, looking at porn, or having sex,
only to find themselves hooked, pregnant, with an STD; their freedom to choose
forfeit. While we can choose our initial behaviors, we cannot choose the
consequences. Moral principles are not designed to enslave us, but rather to
keep us free, all of our options open. It has been said, “You cannot break
universal laws, but only break yourself against them.
Why do we teach our young people to reserve
sexual intimacy only for marriage? Because we know by experience of its
enormous power to create immense joy or great misery.
parents grew up in the 1940s and ‘50s. Being of that generation, Mom and Dad
never felt comfortable openly discussing sex. So I was left to learn about
intimacy from my friends and peers, not the most accurate and desirable source.
Today’s youth have it far worse. The Internet
and other media form an extremely vocal and easily available supply of “sex
education in our society. In 2001, Media Scope conducted a poll among
middle-school students and found that teens age 13-15 rank entertainment
media as the top source of information about sexuality and sexual health. Imagine,
Hollywood teaching our teens about sexual intimacy!
modern parent, you must overcome your hesitation, awkwardness and
embarrassment, and establish open, honest, positive
communication with your children regarding sexual issues. This does not
mean “pulpit pounding, “preaching or “lecturing, approaches that only create
shame and drive your child away from you to other, less desirable sources of
information and influence.
As I have
conducted training for teens, many have expressed the fear that “If my mom knew
what I’ve seen on the Internet, she’d kill me! or “If my dad found out about
the sexual stuff my friends are doing, he’d go ballistic! We need to help our
kids feel comfortable and “safe talking to us about these issues. (For help
with how to talk with your kids about sex, visit www.sexandyoungamerica.com.)
If you doubt you can make a difference in your teen’s attitude and decisions
about sex, consider this recent statistic: 91%
of teens ages 15-17 that have not had sex said they were influenced by
what their parents have taught them about sex.1
Please keep in mind that in order to have open, healthy
communication with your teens regarding sex, you must make the “emotional bank
account deposits along the way. Too often as parents we wait until there is
some kind of crisis to engage in any really deep or serious conversation with
our teenagers. Develop a close, personal communication along the way and you
will find it far easier and more productive to have conversations about sexual
A prominent number of psychologists, educators and legislators among
us believe that our young people “can’t control themselves that expecting
teenagers to be abstinent is naïve and irresponsible. This camp is convinced
that birth control and condoms, or what they deceptively label “safe sex, is
the only answer. In a nutshell, they believe that our youth are basically
“animals—slaves to their sexual appetites and impulses.
I strongly disagree. I find it
naïve and preposterous to believe that our Creator would design our youth to
begin experiencing these powerful urges and appetites at puberty, but give them
no abilities or resources to control them. Would He purposely condemn them to
failure? Of course not. That’s absurd.
Not only am I certain that our
Creator has provided our youth—and us adults—with everything we need to control
and direct this sacred power, I believe that our current generation of young
people is the greatest in the history of the world. The “safe sex crowd has
forged a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy: tell teens they can’t control
themselves; teach them how to use condoms and birth control; instruct them in
sexual techniques; bombard them with sexualized media and messages. Do these
things long enough, and you create a crop of pitifully weak youth, each in the
image of his corrupt creators.
However, a growing number of
teens are standing up and challenging this scenario. In December, 2003, a
Washington Times article reported on a survey conducted for the National
Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The study revealed that two-thirds of U.S.
teens who have had sexual relations wish they had waited. In fact, according to
the survey, the number of those who wish they had waited rose 4% from three
years prior. Such regret clearly demonstrates a complete contradiction to
Kinsey's assertion that sexual satisfaction is a childhood goal. The new data
also determined that 85% of teens believe sex should only occur in long-term,
Our youth can do it! We need to speak up and demonstrate our faith and
confidence in them. We need to lovingly set positive limits and boundaries,
give them the necessary knowledge and tools, then show them how to honor those
boundaries. Just as the promoters of illicit sex and pornography have done, we
can create for our youth our own positive “self-fulfilling prophecy.
Teach Youth They Can “Bridle
This Sacred Power
Telling teenagers not to feel attracted toward the opposite sex or
never to feel arousal, is like telling a cloud, “Don’t you dare rain. These
powers and feelings are built into every cell of their bodies, their very
genetic make-up. Teaching them to deny these feelings or telling them they are
evil only creates shame and often drives teens to act out sexually. Instead, we
can teach teens that they can bridle their
passions and attractions.
The rider of a powerful horse
does not permit the horse to run wild, unrestrained and without controls. Doing
so places the rider in great peril. Rather, the rider uses reins attached to a
bridle to harness and direct the horse’s power for productive and positive
purposes. A skilled horseman knows when to hold the animal back and when to
turn it loose, and how to direct it along desired paths, arriving at the
We should teach our teens that
these stirrings they feel are normal and good, placed within them for very
special and sacred purposes. Rather than denying and completely shutting these
feelings down, teens have the power to bridle,
control and direct these sacred powers in healthy and appropriate ways.
Taking the reins, they can travel the pathways of proper dating relationships,
courtship and eventually marriage. At the right time and place, united with the
love of their life in the sacred bonds of marriage, they can let the horse run
free and it will be an exhilarating and beautiful experience.
Today, like no other generation
of parents before us, when it comes to the sex education of our children, we
are in competition with incredibly powerful influences—TV, Internet, movies,
music, cell phones and the like. But, armed with unconditional love, honest and
open communication, and telling the “whole truth about human sexuality, we can
win this battle!
If you want to learn how to teach your children and teens about
“sacred sexuality while creating a home environment that prevents pornography
addiction, you must obtain Mark Kastleman’s acclaimed book, “The Drug of the
New Millennium. You can purchase it online at Amazon.com.
If you or someone you love is trapped in pornography use, please
visit www.candeocan.com to learn how to