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Red Families v. Blue FamiliesLegal Polarization and the Creation of Culture$
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Naomi Cahn and June Carbone

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199836819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199836819.001.0001

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The Irrationality of Adolescence

The Irrationality of Adolescence

What the Adults Are Really Fighting Over

(p.106) Chapter 7 The Irrationality of Adolescence
Red Families v. Blue Families

Naomi Cahn

June Carbone

Oxford University Press

The most fundamental component in the red-blue family dichotomy is the passing of moral and cultural values onto the next generation. According to the traditionalists (red family) it is essential to assert conventional wisdom and beliefs, such as the idea that sex before marriage is a wrongful act. For modernists (blue family) on the other hand, programs regarding prevention of childbirth, which then leads to a prosperous adult life, must be encouraged along with an extensive sex education course. This chapter focuses on abstinence-only education and the attempt of making it a national priority. It teaches students that the only preventive measure against early pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is abstinence until marriage, as opposed to abstinence-plus (also known as sex education). Abstinence-plus education grants medical information about sexuality, contraception, and diseases as well as virtues of abstinence.

Keywords:   traditionalists, modernists, abstinence, abstinence-only education, abstinence-plus education, sex education

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