Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: Why the Hook-up Culture Is Sexist
While Girls Uncovered is written for all adults who have important relationships with teen and early twenty-something girls, McIlhaney and Bush wisely aim their call mostly at parents. This is for one simple reason: "Scientific surveys clearly reveal that more girls say their parents influence their behavior than girls say peers, media or other source are influencing their lives." They cite data showing how parents can get this wrong in two ways. First, while 43 percent of parents believe others have more influence on their children on matters of sex, only 18 percent of teens believe this. Study after study shows that parents are a child's most important and best influence. Even if you think they don't, your children desperately want your advice and direction. Second, while 73 percent of mothers tell researchers they've talked with their teen about sex, only 46 percent of teens strongly agreed that they had. While it might be true that most parents have talked to their kids about sex, it doesn't really count if the kids don't recall it.
An ever-increasing body of research explains why it is important that parents show up to the job of guiding their young adults through the beauty and tragedy of sexuality. Credit McIlhaney and Bush for offering ample reasons why this obligation is especially important for our daughters.
Glenn T. Stanton is the Director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family and the author of two recent books, Secure Daughters, Confident Sons: How Parents Guide Their Children into Authentic Masculinity and Femininity (Multnomah) and The Ring Makes All the Difference: The Hidden Consequences of Cohabitation and the Strong Benefits of Marriage (Moody).
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Previous articles on sexuality & gender include:
The Trouble with Ed Young's Rooftop Sexperiment | Yes, the church needs to talk more about sex. But pastors may need to talk about it less. (January 12, 2012)
Q & A: Mark and Grace Driscoll on Sex for the 21st-Century Christian | The Seattle couple talks to CT about their new book on marriage. (January 5, 2012)
Why 'All the Single Ladies' Shouldn't Give Up on Marriage | Frustrations with men and the institution are real, but shouldn't obscure our hope in what God is doing. (November 21, 2011)