Study: Half of All Teens Have Had Oral Sex

Can someone tell me why this Washington Post story is news? A groundbreaking study – 50% of teens have had oral sex!!! Now, for the very serious adult commentary on this issue:

Several leaders of organizations that study or work with youth expressed surprise at the level of girls’ participation. "You assume that females are more likely to give, males more likely to receive," said Jennifer Manlove, who directs fertility research for the organization Child Trends. "We were surprised that the percentages were similar."

"I question how much girls enjoy" oral sex, he said."I’d like to know a whole lot more about the pressure boys put on girls."

Bill Albert, communications director for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, put the generational difference this way: "We used to talk about sex in terms of first base, second base and so on. Oral sex was maybe in the dugout."

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