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The smart Dutch take on teen sex – Broadsheet | Salon.com

Posted: September 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Briefs | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

It seems that, as with alcohol, European parents take a much more enlightened view of adolescent relationships and sexuality than American parents – or at least, the Dutch do. Apparently, unlike in the America, 2/3rds of parents there would be willing to allow the significant other of their teenage child to sleep over at the house. In the same room. With a door that closes, and everything! Data minded people can find the original study here, but the data reflects a simple fact: if you treat young people as intelligent individuals capable of making informed decisions based on accurate information, be it about drinking or about sex, then that is what they will be. If you tell them that they'll be in for "a world of hurt" if they disobey you, well – you're probably right. But you could have helped instead of hindered them or harmed them.

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One Comment on “The smart Dutch take on teen sex – Broadsheet | Salon.com”

  1. 1 Sebastian said at 2:30 pm on September 10th, 2010:

    At least in parts of Europe this is very common. I’m Danish and have since the age of 15 had various SOs over. And had sex under my parents’ roof. With their knowledge. No STDs or teen pregnancies came of this and it’s very common that this goes on. In fact, in all of my life I’ve only ever met 1 person who was not allowed to have an SO stay over night.