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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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