Saturday, January 31, 2009


"Nothing catches an editor's eye like a good rape."
-- Hunter S. Thompson

Remember that New York Times piece last week about how "experts" said the rise in teen pregnancy didn't really represent any increase in teen promiscuity? Now, a noted authority on the subject is raising doubts:
Well, that settles it, eh? Despite the blip in teen pregnancy, teenagers actually aren’t screwing around so much. Another "myth" busted by the New York Times!
The skeptical reader raises an eyebrow. Less teen sex, more teen mothers? Skepticism is arguably justified. Social science cannot provide a perfect measurement of how much sex teenagers are actually having. The fundamental problem is the reliability of self-reported survey data about sex. "Sex being an extremely private matter, it is nearly impossible to verify self-reported data about sexual behavior, and some self-reports are certainly false," as one noted authority recently wrote.
In contrast to the necessary ambiguity of self-reported survey results, birth statistics are solid data, and that data confirms that some teenagers are, we might say, living la vida loca.
Perhaps you haven't yet guessed the identity of that "noted authority," so you'll have to read my latest Taki's Magazine column to find out.


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