Sex Ed vs. Abstinence

Advocates of sex education believe that learning about sex and its consequences provides basic knowledge of how to prevent pregnancy. Others believe that teaching girls to abstain from having sex is the best form of birth control. This latter belief has spawned the growth of social clubs in which young girls pledge to not have sex until marriage.

Sex Ed Button, 1997

Buttons were distributed at American colleges and universities to advocate for sex education.

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Ad, Campaign for Our Children, 1992

Ad, Campaign for Our Children, 1992

Courtesy of National Library of Medicine

When I was younger...I felt as though I would be punished by God if I did not remain “pure” until marriage. Now, my ring is more representative of an unconditional self-love. I uphold a vow to always love and respect my body...

—Taylor Jackson, 2018

Taylor Jackson's Purity Ring, around 2006

Gift of Taylor Jackson

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Purity Pledge, 2006

Purity Pledge, 2006

Gift of Taylor Jackson