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The media in general is conspiring to scare the hell out of me.

By Andrew Pollack on 04/05/2005 at 07:57 AM EDT

Lets get something really clear. The only calming factor I've had, which I've been able to count on, as a father with three girls -- one rapidly approaching teenhood, and another one not at all far enough behind -- is that regardless of what teenaged boys may want, the girls I knew were always at least visibly more cautious and conservative. At least, the ones I knew were. Regardless of lots of big talk, kids weren't getting together a whole lot before junior or senior year in high school. Of course, what I know about girls prior to being a parent pretty much started when they turned about fourteen or fifteen. Prior to that, of course, they pretty much didn't exist. As a parent, I now have a fairly good understanding of them from birth to 11 years old. I've been pretty much force-educated in this regard. Unfortunately, the 11-14 years are a complete blind spot. I know nothing. Not one thing. Zero. Zip. No data. Recent media, however, seems to have found the subject fascinating in that they've discovered a new genre of horror movie aimed it seems at the parents of teenagers instead of teenagers themselves. No, they're now producing films like "Thirteen" which is clearly designed to act on a father's head in much the way Jaws acted on your average vacationing beach traveller when it came out. Add to that the rash of recent articles nearly equaling in number those discussing the Pope's death (the poor man died three times on Friday from what I could tell on CNN). If recent press is to be believed, high school sex now makes the 70's club scene look like a meeting of the Salt Lake City Rotary club. Shoot me now.

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Don't worry AndrewBy Danny Lawrence on 04/05/2005 at 10:18 AM EDT
Girls are much easier to raise than boys. When girls have problems with boys
or biology and the like you cna say "Ask your Mother" -- see? Problem Solved!
My own thoughts on this are...By Ben Langhinrichs on 04/05/2005 at 11:12 AM EDT
As the father of an 18 year old girl, I would like to reassure you that
everything is OK, but I can't. My daughter was riding in the car with her mom
in fifth or sixth grade and told her about a girl who liked to suck on boy's
private parts. (She at least said "Ehhww!") Oral sex is particularly rampant
among teenagers who don't seem to consider it sex. (Yes, the conservatives
would credit this to Bill Clinton, and they may even be right for once)
Furthermore, while my daughter seems to have managed to stay out of much
trouble, I am also the father of a 14 year old boy, and I have to tell you the
girls he knows are brazen hussies, and it will be a miracle if he controls his
hormones around them all.

Feel any better now?
OK, my mind's made up...By Chris Whisonant on 04/05/2005 at 11:39 AM EDT
You guys have convinced me. I'm not going to let my 18-month old daughter out
of the house without a chaperone! =)
My own thoughts on this are...By Ben Langhinrichs on 04/08/2005 at 01:11 PM EDT
I don't honestly know whether to say "Good plan!" or "Good luck!"

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