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“Your Girlfriend Is Used Tape” and Other Abstinence Lines

Robin Marty

Helpful talking points from the WAIT abstinence education program in Colorado.

Wonder why abstinence only education has been mostly ineffective at preventing teen pregnancy and STIs? 


[Program Educator Shelly] Donahue performs one of several optional in-school activities outlined in the WAIT Training curriculum. Here, she uses a piece of tape affixed and reaffixed to a young man’s arm to demonstrate how sex can ruin a teen’s ability to bond later in life to a spouse. Donahue also points out in this excerpt how the tape represents the girlfriend: once-clear, now tainted and covered with bits of the boy’s dried skin and hair (his DNA). Donahue repeated the process over and over again. Each time the tape — the girl — pulled up more debris and lost more of its ability to make a tight bond.

Watch the other training videos, and read Andy Kospa’s story in Westworld.

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