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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Now That's Economics

The Undercover Economist goes way undercover, in Slate:

National statistics on teen fellatio have only recently been collected, but the trend seems to be real. Johns Hopkins University Professor Jonathan Zenilman, an expert in sexually transmitted infections (and father of former Slate intern Avi Zenilman), reports that both the adults and the teenagers who come to his clinic are engaging in much more oral sex than in 1990. For men and boys as recipients it's up from about half to 75 to 80 percent; for women and girls, it's risen from about 25 percent to 75 to 80 percent.

In some quarters, that might be regarded as progress...


  • That seems pretty high, but I would posit the following:

    A lot of kids lie on those surveys, because its funny, and also because you don't want anyone who sees you filling it out that you have yet to receive a beej.

    Also, while it it probably too bad that kids are getting and spreading STDs, remember that they are the kids who are also getting to enjoy doing it while in high school, something that a lot of people are denied. So, don't feel too bad for them, unless it is AIDS.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:51 PM  

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