Re: Visual Aids

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I actually think the state maps at the end undercut the case more than assist it.

Agreed. To my mind, it maps better to Colin Woodward's American nations, with Yankeedom and New Netherlands showing the lowest rates of teen pregnancy and Greater Appalachia and the Deep South the highest. Of course, there is a bit of an elective affinity between certain of the American nations and abstinence-only sex ed.


Posted by: knecht ruprecht | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 7:06 AM
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Lead.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 7:32 AM
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1: Yes, the geographical co-variance across a host of sociological variables showing that pattern renders any attempt to draw strong conclusions between any two pretty meaningless.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 7:43 AM
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Captain Obvious strjkes again.


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 7:43 AM
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3: New mouseover text?

I dunno, I think you could make some interesting generalizations with those maps if you sorted in some more data. E.g., here in the upper midwest, there may be no contraception mandate in sex ed statewide, but the liberal metro areas are only vaguely held to that. Certainly we talked plenty about condoms in my HS.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 8:58 AM
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Certainly we talked plenty about condoms in my HS.

Same here, but Florida has passed abstinence-only laws since we were in high school. I'm not convinced that our age cohort has any relevant experience.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 10:22 AM
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That's certainly a point. Although at least the first part of the period in question would be relevant.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 10:29 AM
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I went to a Catholic high school and we didn't have abstinence-only education. It was "This is wrong but here's how you do it right." The class about household economics didn't teach us how to kite checks, but probably would have if the parents wanted kids to know about it but didn't want to have the conversation themselves.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 10:44 AM
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My very Catholic mother reluctantly advised my brother and me to use condoms if we were going to be sex-having sinners. In fact, on one occasion, my brother was faux-bragging about his plans for the evening and having lots of sex, when my mother interjected, "Oh yeah? Well, double bag it!"

And then we got to explain to Mom why using two condoms at the same time is actually a very bad idea.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 11:07 AM
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"Don't worry mom. Back-door loving never put a bun in the oven."


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 11:18 AM
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Is it possible your mom was calling your brother's girlfriend ugly?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 11:25 AM
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So are there going to be Unfogged-branded eye condoms to prevent the spread of Visual AIDS?


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 11:28 AM
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Or your brother.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 11:30 AM
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They also prevent eye-babies.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 9:48 PM
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(14 to 12.)


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-30-14 9:49 PM
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You don't want to prevent them all. I hear the new iBaby 6 is going to have a bigger-scream option.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 08-31-14 7:43 AM
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I'll defer to the parents on this one, but it seems to me that the last thing you want in a baby is the option for bigger screams.


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 08-31-14 2:54 PM
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I scream, you scream, we all scream for baby screams!


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 08-31-14 3:50 PM
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The retina scream is so powerful it hurts your eyes.


Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 08-31-14 5:25 PM
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The map in 1 has always annoyed me, because the upper Midwest is anything but WASPy. The general behavioral outcome might be similar (behavioral conservatism/uptight habitus + political liberalism), but the cultural inputs are different.


Posted by: Buttercup | Link to this comment | 09- 1-14 2:57 AM
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